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Marquette University is fully reimagining its Helfaer Tennis Stadium and Recreation Center (Rec Center) on the southwestern edge of campus as a comprehensive wellness and recreation facility. When completed in late 2024, it will bring together campus fitness and recreation facilities with the Counseling Center and the Marquette University Medical Clinic — student-centric services currently dispersed across campus.

The approximately $80 million, 180,000-square-foot facility will combine completely renovated portions of the Rec Center, including significantly updated facades with added windows, along with a newly constructed three-story wellness tower that will sit in the core of the facility. Using an existing building footprint and some of its structures supports sustainability and fiscal responsibility.

The facility will foster community, inclusiveness and engagement, and provide a destination on campus that supports the physical and mental health needs of the Marquette community.

This will be a transformational project for our campus, particularly our students. Not only is this facility a key part of our Campus Master Plan, but it is also truly about building a culture of wellness at Marquette. When complete, the facility will position recreation, fitness, clinical and mental health services under one roof.
— Marquette President Michael R. Lovell

Wellness features


3-story wellness tower


Counseling Center with private and group counseling rooms


Marquette University Medical Clinic






Wellness suite


Multifunction recreation studios









Recreation and fitness features


2 multipurpose recreation courts


4 tennis courts


4 basketball courts






25-yard swimming pool


2 group fitness studios


1 spin studio

Wellness and recreation fundraising challenge continues

An anonymous couple in December contributed a leadership gift of $5 million and have committed to giving another $5 million once the university community raises $10 million in new gifts and pledges. Their goal is to inspire Marquette alumni, parents and friends to support this signature project.

Donations to the fund can be made here.
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