Construction News


New Recreation Centre

Learn about the Project

The New Recreation Centre received Board 1 approval from the UBC Board of Governors in June 2020. The new facility will provide much needed recreation space including a state of the art fitness centre, three gymnasiums, an indoor track, and many other amenities.

Planning for a new recreation centre emerged from the UBC GamePlan: 20-year Recreation and Athletics Facilities Strategy, which involved public consultation and was approved by the Board of Governors in April 2017. The strategy supports UBC’s commitment to wellbeing by meeting a growing need for recreational fitness and gymnasium space.

New Recreation Centre Comment

Please review the attached documents above and use the form found via the link below to provide your comments by March 25, 2021.

Fitness Programming Comment

Please take a few minutes to provide your comments on the fitness programming areas of the new recreation centre.


Nobel Park Softball Field Upgrades

A development permit application has been received by Campus and Community Planning for renovations to the softball diamond at Nobel Park for use by the UBC Women’s Varsity Softball team as well as the community. Proposed improvements include upgrades to the field surface and fencing, new covered dugouts, bullpens, safety netting and space for temporary bleachers and washroom facilities.

For more information, please visit UBC Campus + Community Planning.


UBC Baseball Stadium Construction Completed

The $4.9 million dollar UBC Baseball Stadium was completed in April 2018. The state of the art facility can convert its dimensions to handle all age groups of baseball from little league to varsity. The stadium includes:

  • New artificial Astroturf playing surface
  • New LED field lights
  • New scoreboard
  • New OF padded fence, dugouts and bullpens
  • Seating grandstand with capacity of 480 which also includes a press box and sound system

Wright Field Turf Replacement Project Underway

The Wright Field turf is being replaced under warranty by Astroturf. Phase one of this project will include careful removal of the turf, assessment and repair of the underlying elastic layer, and installation of a new turf surface. The timeline for removal and replacement of the turf and associated work is approximately 6 weeks, and is scheduled to be completed by the end of June, 2018.

The scope for phase 2 of the project is not confirmed and will be contingent on funding, but may include items such as enhanced irrigation, modifications to the existing ball containment fence, and new bumper boards around the perimeter of the field. These elements will be scheduled to minimize impact on field use, and will occur in later Summer/Fall 2018.


UBC Football Academic Centre Update

The new learning facility for the Varsity Football team opened October 2015. With support from the University, learning will not only happen on the field but off the field as well. This Centre will aid in bringing academics to the forefront of the football team and help recruit future prospects for the football organization. Sitting adjacent to Thunderbird Stadium, players now have a space all their own to focus on school as much as they focus on their sport. Through the generous donations given to UBC Football Academic Centre leads the UBC’s start an evolution campaign, “the most ambitious fundraising and alumni engagement campaign in Canadian university history.”


UBC Football Academic Centre Construction Underway

In conjunction to Thunderbird Stadium renovations, the $1.1 million Academic Centre began construction as of Spring 2015. The Centre will aid in the academic development of the Varsity football team and provide a new space for achieving academic excellence. This 1,800 square foot facility is the first of its kind in Canada, enabling current and future varsity football athletes to excel both on and off the field.

Renderings of the project provided by Musson Cattell Mackery Partnership.