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Oct. 7, 2010
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Norwich dedicates $8 million Doyle Hall at 2010 Homecoming
NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University hosts its 150th homecoming since its first reunion in 1860 this weekend, Friday, Oct. 8 – Sunday, Oct. 10, and will celebrate a new, $8 million building addition to the sports complex.
Doyle Hall permanently connects Kreitzberg Arena with Andrews Hall, replacing the canvas-topped boardwalk that linked the two buildings for the past 12 years.
With 11 new individual offices, all members of the Athletic Department are housed under one roof for the first time in several decades, and every head coach now has his or her own office.
The new building is named in honor of lead donor Allen M. Doyle ’71, a two-sport Hall of Fame athlete at Norwich and PGA Champions professional.
It provides 30,000 square feet for athletic offices, locker rooms, a concession area serving all indoor athletic events and a Hall of Fame room.
Since the University’s founding nearly two centuries ago, physical fitness has been an important part of the student life experience. More than half of all Norwich undergraduates participate in varsity, intramural, or club sports.
With a marked increase in undergraduate population during the past decade and the introduction of three new varsity sports for women, the university’s athletic facilities had become overcrowded for both student athletes and their coaches.
The new building also adds three new team locker rooms, increasing the overall locker room capacity by more than 40 percent. In addition, as part of the construction project, crews refurbished all existing locker rooms in Andrews Hall.
For fans attending Norwich home games Doyle Hall’s two-story grand lobby will
also house a large concession area able to accommodate simultaneous sporting events.
On Saturday, October 9, immediately following the football game the entrance to Doyle Hall will be dedicated to the Class of 1970.
Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army. Norwich University is the oldest private military college in the United States of America and the birthplace of our nation's Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). www.norwich.edu