The UW-Oshkosh women’s volleyball team plays the school’s first event at renovated Kolf Sports Center on Wednesday (Sept. 26). The Titans (11-6) host defending WIAC champion UW-Stevens Point (13-3) at 7 p.m.
Over the past three months, construction crews worked hard on the nearly $1.5 million project. Kolf Sports Center now features plastic bleachers with “UW-Oshkosh” painted on them. There is a new Traction MaxxPlay track, while the basketball court and gymnasium walls are repainted.
“It’s certainly what you need to do to continue to attract really good student-athletes, and we are no different than anybody else,” said Director of Athletics Darryl Sims.
Kolf Sports Center opened in November of 1971. It was named for Robert Kolf, who served 45 years as a teacher, coach and athletics director at UW-Oshkosh. Kolf coached most of the school’s sports during his tenure, winning numerous WIAC championships, before retiring in 1967.
Other notable improvements to the building came in 1992, when the Tartan floor surface was replaced with hardwood. The six-lane track was expanded to eight lanes and upgraded with Mondo rubber.
Kolf Sports Center has been the site for eight national championship events, covering the sports of indoor track & field (1994, 1997, 2001), gymnastics (1981, 1986, 1987), women’s basketball (1996) and women’s volleyball (1996).
“To see it redone so that we can host big meets like that in the future is very important,” said men’s track & field coach Eamon McKenna. “It’s very exciting to have the option to utilize our facilities like that again.”
The building is also used for high school sporting events, political speeches, community gatherings and UW-Oshkosh’s commencement ceremonies.