McAdoo Sports and Fitness Center complete
By Senior Airman Danny Monahan , Minot Air Force Base Public Affairs
/ Published June 30, 2006
MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. --
After nearly 18 months, the newly refurbished $9.5 million McAdoo Sports and Fitness Center held its grand opening June 23.
"The base was honored to have the McAdoo family on hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony and opening day activities as the center was rededicated to Col. Lowell E. McAdoo," said Maj. Lisa McColgan, 5th Services Squadron commander.
To celebrate its grand opening the 5th SVS held a volleyball tournament, 5K run, a Chiefs vs. Eagles volleyball game, door prizes, smoothie samples at the Fitness Oasis juice bar, ribbon cutting ceremony with the McAdoo family there to cut the ribbon.
The new McAdoo features an endless string of new features and accommodations.
The center has hammer strength equipment in the free weight room, two strength training areas, a new juice bar, distinguish visitor lockers for women, double the amount of lockers, TV screens on majority of cardio equipment, a family workout room, a seating area for eating or viewing sports, and elevated 1/8th mile indoor track, aerobics and group exercise rooms and the Health and Wellness Center all under the same roof.
According to 1st. Lieutenant Dan Haddox, McAdoo Sports and Fitness Center officer in charge, the newly renovated center far exceeds the previous one.
"The new space allows more squadrons to physically train during desired times," said Lieutenant Haddox. "We can run more events and programs the indoor track supports physical training testing in the winter, pick up basketball games can resume, and there is more locker room availability."
"The new center is great," said Airman 1st Class Antwon Toson, 5th Bomb Wing information management. "It's really nice. The cardio room is my favorite part about it because I like to watch TV while I work out."
Although the construction is complete and the new machines are in place, there is still more to come.
"There are going to be massage therapists, a PA system with music, additional menu items at the Fitness Oasis, a security system of an extensive camera network, a resale operation to meet customer needs.
"This state of the art fitness center is exactly what Minot's Airmen and their families deserves," said Major McColgan. The center has ample space for a variety of programs, outstanding cardio and strength training equipment and a community feeling for all to enjoy."