Ottawa University recently unveiled its $21 million athletic facilities.
The facility at 14470 W. Tierra Buena Lane, Surprise, includes the O’Dell Center, Faith Arena and lobby and a recreational facility.
The project is a collaboration between the school and the city of Surprise.
The O’Dell Center is three stories and faces a recently completed multipurpose sports field for football, soccer and lacrosse.
Faith Arena has a 30,000 square foot gym with four basketball courts.
The recreational center was constructed in partnership with the city and is available to Surprise residents and university members. There is an area for cardiovascular and weight-training equipment, a walking track, three multi-use rooms for dance and yoga with locker rooms.
The city of Surprise partnered with Ottawa University and contributed to the development and construction portion of the recreational center.
The project also is one of the first steps in expanding the campus. Plans call for more student housing as well as a new student union center.
“The Surprise City Council had a vision eight years ago to partner on a residential university development inside the 200-acre city, civic and recreation campus,” said Mike Hoover, Surprise Economic Development Manager.
Ottawa University opened its Arizona campus in August of 2017 with 434 new pioneer students, nearly twice the original projections.
In addition to its Surprise residential campus, Ottawa University serves more than 4,000 students through its original, 153-year-old campus in Ottawa, Kansas, and in central Phoenix just off I-17 between Peoria and Dunlap avenues.