First, is that how you spell the plural of Jones? Yes, I suppose a trained journalist sould know that. But English majors, feel free to email me.
Anyway, big news was announced Friday night at the University of Guelph's Annual Athletics Awards Banquet and Celebration: The numbers from a recent referendum are in and the student body approved a new $38 fee for full-time students ($19 for part-timers) that will fund capital and operating costs of a new physical activity, recreation and fitness centre and construction of four synthetic playing fields. Be warned, there's a lot of information contained in that link.
The announcement was met with raucous applause from the more than 650 people in attendance.
Guelph is now the latest in a long list of OUA schools to be approved for or having built new facilities. TD Waterhouse Stadium at Western was one of the first major captial projects among OUA athletic programs. Windsor has its new University Stadium. And McMaster recently opened Ron Joyce Stadium.
This is a badly needed project for Guelph, where the football is still grass, the gym is as old as Dr. Naismith and where a track doesn't exist, save a 200-metre half track housed in a golf dome — not that it matters much to the OUA and CIS medallists.