University of Wisconsin planning $85.6M event center, field house
Wisconsin – Plans for the $85.6 million Sonnentag Event Center and Field House gained a key approval from the board of regents of the University of Wisconsin (UW) System on July 9.
UW-Eau Claire Sonnetag rendering
Regents authorized UW-Eau Claire to lease space in the multipurpose facility on Menomonie Street on the Chippewa River shoreline.
The proposed 170,500-square-foot off-campus facility would have a capacity of 5,000 people and could be used for concerts, youth sports tournaments, other entertainment events, and commencements.
Plans include a two-story wellness and fitness center, a 60-yard turf field house, and offices for UW-Eau Claire’s athletics department.
The total cost of the Sonnentag Project will be $100.6 million as Mayo Clinic Health System plans to locate its imaging services and sports medicine program in a $15 million clinic within the complex. Mayo Clinic Health System will use the turf facility for performance training, pre- and post-surgery rehabilitation, and physical therapy.
Construction could begin in spring 2022 with the building projected to open in spring 2024.