Liberty Universityâ€™s new 60,000-square-foot Liberty Athletics Center (LAC) integrates academic study areas with state-of-the-art rehabilitation, strength and conditioning facilities, academic and administrative offices, equipment room, refueling station for student-athletes.
The building, situated behind Osborne Stadium and the Matthes-Hopkins Track Complex near the Liberty Baseball Stadium, held its grand opening on Nov. 3, 2017. Approximately one-third of the space is reserved for academic offices, tutoring centers, a classroom and numerous academic enhancement areas.
Designed to be the central hub for Liberty Athletics, the facility includes an Olympic sports weight room and an athletics training facility for short- and long-term rehabilitation of Libertyâ€™s NCAA Division I student-athletes. The three-story building also houses an equipment room to service Libertyâ€™s Olympic sports and a prominent refueling station located in the buildingâ€™s main entrance for use by Libertyâ€™s Sports Nutrition staff.
The second floor houses administrative offices for Libertyâ€™s Director of Athletics, Athletics Administration, Athletics Communications, Athletics Compliance, Athletics Marketing, Athletics Broadcasting and Video Services and Internal Operations.
The location â€” at the heart of Libertyâ€™s athletics corridor â€” will make it easily accessible for all student-athletes.
Architects created a modern design similar to other new buildings on campus, with innovative integration. The terraced, three-story structure was built into the existing hillside, with its architecture curving along with the bank of the track.