Grand Rapids Community College will host a grand reopening and rededication ceremony of the Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse on Monday, Jan. 14 with Mike Ford slotted as the special guest speaker.
Ford is the son of former President of the United States Gerald R. Ford and his wife Betty Ford. Along with Ford, District Court Judge Sara J. Smolenski will be saying a few words at the ceremony. Smolenski is a former recipient of GRCC’s Salute to Women award, as well as the Distinguished Alumna award.
GRCC President Bill Pink believes the upgrades and improvements to the fieldhouse will help the college serve the West Michigan community better going forward.
“The Ford Fieldhouse transformation demonstrates how GRCC remains responsive to our campus and greater community’s needs,” Pink stated in a press release. “This rejuvenated facility plays an important role in our college and city history, and will become more relevant through the many upgrades, allowing us to serve more students and West Michigan residents in a variety of ways.”
The $8 million project added a number of new features to the building including new classrooms, locker rooms, fitness center health equipment and air conditioning throughout the building.
The rededication ceremony will be held in the Ford Fieldhouse on Monday, Jan. 14 from 3-5 p.m. with an open house and tour available to the public to follow. GRCC’s Homecoming week will conclude with the men’s and women’s basketball team hosting the Lansing Community College Stars on Friday, Jan. 18. There is a tailgating event scheduled for 5 p.m. on the north end of the Hunsberger Arena followed by a 5:30 p.m. start to the women’s basketball game.