Ahead of the Queen’s football game against Western last Saturday, the final phase of the Richardson Stadium Revitalization Project had its grand opening.
Principal Patrick Deane, Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs Ann Tierney, Athletics and Recreation (A&R) Executive Director Linda Melnick, donors, and Queen’s Football alumni gathered before students, fans, and athletes for the grand opening of the new Lang Pavilion.
The Lang Pavilion will include features dedicated to student-athlete success with therapy spaces, locker rooms, student-athlete meeting spaces and a new fan view area.
Aside from varsity teams and clubs, members of the Junior Gaels, a youth sports program, will make use of the pavilion.
According to a press release from A&R, the two-storey structure at the north end of Richardson Stadium now fully encloses the venue and gives Queen’s one of the best stadiums in Canadian university sport.
Fundraising for the Lang Pavilion began in 2014. Over 300 donors contributed to the project.
In a quote from A&R’s press release, Stu Lang, Queen’s receiver from 1970-74, five-time Grey Cup champion, and one of the lead donors—expressed the importance of the pavilion.
“This building is not just about bricks and mortar,” he said. “It’s about preserving our distinguished history and nurturing the sporting dreams of all the student-athletes who will compete here.”
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