Heidelberg University unveiled their newly renovated Seiberling Gymnasium on August 18, and we were lucky enough to get in for a sneak peek the day before. The University kept the renovations under lock and key (actually replacing locks!) with windows covered, in anticipation of the official unveiling on August 18th prior to the first Heidelberg volleyball practice. Students and faculty gathered for many “ceremonial firsts” including the First Serve & Receive, First Takedown, First Shot & Assist, First Flip and First Dunk. Home of the volleyball, wrestling, and basketball teams, Seiberling Gymnasium is also utilized for six HYPE Career Ready Speakers, two Patricia Adams Lecture Series dinners and the Lichman-Behm Genocide Awareness Lectures.
“As a former player and now a coach, many emotions have been felt in this gym and I look forward to the impact it will have in the future. I can’t wait to share to with our prospective students. We’re only beginning to realize the impact it will have.”
– Head Women’s Basketball Coach Morgan Harrigan
The floor-to-ceiling renovation included new Hussey Seating Company Telescopic Bleachers. Two new Maxam26 bleacher banks, seating over 1500 guests, were personalized with black CourtSide Seats, Orange End Rails and Auto-Rotating Aisle Rails, and Safety End-Closure Curtains customized with The Student Prince.
Maximizing its accessibility for patrons, the Maxam26 bleachers include flex rows for optimal seating options. Maximizing its accessibility for faculty and staff, the bleachers feature ease of use accessories such as a wireless pendant control, auto-rotating aisle rails, and hinged floor to first row aisle steps making set up seamless and less labor intensive.
We recognize the impact of renovated space, and for these students, it’s much more than a color scheme – it’s opportunity.
“Because of this renovation, we finally get to host our own tournament and it’s something we look forward to.”
– Heidelberg University senior Rachel Raimondo