If you’re about to make that annual New Year’s resolution to start a serious exercise program, you may want to work Youngstown State University’s WATTS into your plans.
The Watson and Tressel Training Site, YSU’s new indoor athletics facility, will be open to the public for a 10-week open track program 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, Jan. 3 through March 8. Note that the program will not be held on Jan. 16 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day) and also will not be held if YSU closes due to weather.The cost is $3 per person. Admission is free for YSU faculty, staff and students with a valid university ID. “This is a great opportunity for the community to share in this state-of-the-art facility,” said Trevor Parks, YSU sports information director.
The facility will be open for running, walking, jogging and hurdles on the track. One long-jump pit will be open for practice, and one high-jump mat with a bungee bar will be available for practice. The pole vault area will not be available. The field will be open for throwing shot put and discus (one event on each end).
Restrooms are available, however showers/lockers are not. Parking is available in YSU lots for $5. Participants may be dropped at the front door of the WATTS.
For additional guidelines visit http://www.ysusports.com/information/facilities/WATTS-information or call 330-941-2887.
Opened this fall, WATTS is located to the east of Stambaugh Stadium and the YSU tennis courts and features a 300-meter state-of-the-art mondo surface track and a full-length Shaw Sportexe PowerBlade HP+ synthetic turf system football field. The facility is named after the Tressel and Watson families, who donated $1 million for the project.