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challengecourse

Challenge Course - The WKU Challenge Course provides a safe, fun, and nurturing environment for the WKU campus and surrounding community by delivering experiences that provide a sense of accomplishment and develops leadership, communication, and problem-solving skills for individuals and groups.

EA Diddle Arena

E.A. Diddle Arena - Diddle Arena was built in 1963 and named after longtime WKU's men's coach and Basketball Hall of Famer Edgar Diddle. Since it's dedication on December 7th, 1963, Diddle Arena has hosted some of the finest players and teams ever to play in college ranks. The $32 million renovation in 2004 reduced the seating capacity to 8,000. The renovation also included: 16 luxury suites, all-new seating, new concession and restroom areas, new playing floor, elevator access to all levels, new lighting and sound systems, two new auxiliary gyms, new training and weight rooms, new locker rooms and new a space for Athletic Administration offices. Diddle Arena is also known as the Academic-Athletic Building #1. It holds the Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport and the Military Science departments.

Smith Stadium

L.T. Smith Stadium - The stadium was dedicated on October 26, 1968. The stadium had a seating capacity of 19,250. It was equipped with 26 faculty offices, 11 physical education classrooms, lockers and shower rooms. A press box also accommodated 80 writers and broadcasters. A track encircles the playing field. Towards the south was a lighted field for varsity football practice, lighted tennis courts, and a new baseball field. In December of 1969, the stadium was cited for excellence in architectural design by the Kentucky Society of Architects of the American Institute of Architects. ["WKU Stadium Cited by Architects, Dec. 7, 1969"]

McChesney

McChesney Field Campus - Faculty and students in the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport have taken the lead in developing concepts, plans and uses for the McChesney Field Campus. But the facility will provide a unique outdoor experiential learning environment that will be utilized by numerous academic disciplines throughout the WKU campus community, including recreation administration, outdoor leadership, physical education, public health, cave and karst study, geology, geography, biology, chemistry, teacher education, environmental science, agriculture, horticulture, environmental health, construction, engineering, history, public relations, marketing, advertising, graphic design, sustainability and more.

Preston Center

Raymond B. Preston Health & Activities Center - The Raymond B. Preston Health & Activities Center offers students, faculty, and staff one of the finest recreational sports facilities in the country. Constructed in 1992, the Preston Center added a new dimension to recreational activities, intramural sports, and informal recreation for the university community. Many areas of the original facility, including the locker rooms, natatorium, and administrative spaces have been renovated. Additionally, a 14,000 square foot Fitness Center addition was opened in the Spring of 2010

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