Update On The Rinker Sports Center
January 12, 2017
Written By: TJ Budd, Sports Information Director
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Improvements continue out at the Marshall and Vera Lea Rinker Athletic Campus with the construction of the Rinker Sports Center which will be a permanent home for a number of Sailfish athletic programs.
The largest and most notable construction ongoing is the building of the 32,000 square feet Rinker Sports Center which will house a number of offices for staff members along with team locker rooms, athletic training space, a strength and conditioning room as well as meeting space for teams. The tilt wall construction is complete with the steel beams being installed for the roof as the next phase. The project continues to be on schedule and on budget with an anticipated completion this summer.
“To become full members of the Sunshine State Conference, it is imperative that our facilities and fields meet high standards,” said PBA Director of Athletics Carolyn Stone. “We have attained that with the design and construction of the Rinker Sports Center and believe that it will provide us the space to meet our stated goals which go well beyond winning on the field.”
“Developing our students in their faith, intellect, and service is paramount and this facility, and the programming it will allow for us to conduct, reflects that. It is our goal to attract, retain, and graduate students and first class facilities assist in that goal. We designed this building not just to meet the agreement with the SSC to have locker rooms and an athletic training facility, but to meet the needs of our University today, and in the future. This building coupled with our outstanding fields and courts makes for an exceptional student experience and we hope that all who compete and visit us see first-hand what makes PBA such a special place.”
Another project nearing completion is the building of seven more tennis courts at the Mitch Gornto Tennis Center with one court being designated as the championship court. Six courts will mirror the existing six courts and allow the men’s and women’s teams six courts each to conduct matches, shortening those matches which will also decrease missed class time. The addition of a championship court is strategic to attract tennis events and tournaments to campus, which PBA hopes to do once all 13 courts are ready for play.