CMC is fortunate enough to have a group of alumni that are as generous as they are successful. Look no further than KKR founders Henry Kravis ’66 and George Roberts ’67 (we’re still waiting on Kohlberg, who may very well overlook his alma mater Swarthmore and grace us with the Kohlberg Dining Hall).
With construction set to begin on the $50 million Roberts Pavilion, we bid farewell to our beloved, if somewhat pedestrian, Ducey Gymnasium.
“Ducey, commonly referred to as ‘The Palace at Ducey Arena,’ will always hold a special place in our hearts,” says Remy Pinson ’14, senior point guard for the CMS basketball team. “Its intimate size and blaring acoustics always allowed for quite the home court advantage. With that being said, Roberts Pavilion will mark the beginning of a new and exciting era for the Stags.”
Unfortunately, with Roberts scheduled to open in the summer of 2016, this year’s freshmen will be the only current students to have a chance to compete in the new facility.
This plan, however, leaves us with a two-year interim period sans gym. Think running in place on Parents Field, water polo practice in Flamson Fountain, and pickup basketball games at Pitzer.
The plan – which is still subject to change – is as follows: During Winter Break, the preliminary deconstruction of Ducey will commence. The Fitness Room will be relocated to Frazee, the room adjacent to the Hub Store, while the Weight Room will be moved to the newly erected tent next to Pritzlaff Field. Athletic staff offices, as well as locker, equipment and training rooms, will be moved to the modules currently located next to Ducey. Then, immediately following this year’s basketball season, Ducey will officially be dismantled.
During construction, CMC students will have the chance to travel; activities will be divided between both Pomona’s Rains Center and Harvey Mudd’s Linde Activities Center. Home games will take place at Pomona, which is not expected to lead to any animalistic tension.
“It will be interesting to see how these transformations impact the school dynamic,” says CMS Athletic Director Mike Sutton. “Our biggest challenge will likely be determining where recreational ‘gym time’ will take place. Things will have to be slightly more structured in order to accommodate all of our athletes and activities, and we’ll of course have to work out any arising kinks as we go.”
Stay tuned for further information on the gym renovations between now and Fall Break.