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W&L Unveils New Duchossois Athletic and Recreation Center Washington and Lee's brand new, 165,489-square-foot center for athletics and recreation offers larger and more state-of-the-art facilities for athletics and intramural teams, coaching staff, fitness and recreation.

DSC30191-scaled-800x533 W&L Unveils New Duchossois Athletic and Recreation CenterW&L’s new Richard L. Duchossois Athletic and Recreation Center

After two years of construction, Washington and Lee University this fall opened the Richard L. Duchossois Athletic and Recreation Center, a brand new, state-of-the-art indoor facility for athletics, intramurals and recreation.

The Duchossois Athletic and Recreation Center, which is named for project supporter and 1944 W&L graduate Richard L. Duchossois, encompasses a restoration of the existing Doremus Gymnasium and a rebuild of what had been known as the Warner Center. The result is an expansive, 165,489-square-foot facility that features the latest in equipment and technology while retaining a bit of the old buildings’ charm in the form of unique design details.

The Duchossois Center houses three gymnasiums, including one devoted entirely to intramural and recreational use; a larger and updated fitness center, regulation-size raquetball and squash courts, and improved locker rooms. It is also home to expanded golf practice facilities, expanded multipurpose rooms for group exercise, nicer offices for coaches and athletics staff, and a showcase for the Athletic Hall of Fame.

The best way to fully appreciate this beautiful facility is to visit in person, but because of the pandemic, access is currently limited to faculty, staff and students. The entire W&L community looks forward to a time when the Duchossois Center can be opened to visitors; until then, check out this video to take a virtual trip around the facility.