Manhattan's newly established Gaelic Park Athletic Center (GPAC) in Robert Mahan Hall has officially opened for the 2019-20 academic year. The facility, which includes locker rooms, office space and a training room, is home to Manhattan's Jasper teams competing at Gaelic Park.
"It means so much to us that we have been able to provide this space for our student-athletes," said Marianne Reilly, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at Manhattan College. "Because of generous contributions and hard work by our coaches and staff, our teams now have a dedicated place to call home, which will not only benefit our current student-athletes, but will continue to be an asset when recruiting future Jaspers to Manhattan College athletic programs."
The campaign for GPAC kicked-off in 2018 in an effort to enhance the student-athlete experience for five of Manhattan's outdoor sports—including men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's soccer, and softball—who previously did not have a dedicated space.
Within GPAC, the athletic department also created a state-of-the-art athletic training room and a multipurpose lounge area where student-athletes can now study, conduct meetings, and strengthen overall team chemistry. The new space is located just steps from Gaelic Park within Manhattan's South Campus along Tibbett Avenue, across from Leo Hall and the new Engineering and Science Center.
"I am so pleased that the College has been able to support the development of this state-of-the-art facility for our student-athletes" said Richard Satterlee, Ph.D., Vice President for Student Life. "The opening of the facility represents a big step forward for five of our teams, who represent the College so well on the field and in the classroom."
While Manhattan coaches were able to utilize their new GPAC offices during the summer months, student-athletes from the men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's soccer, and softball teams moved into the facility starting in August, each participating in a special team-specific locker room reveal.