Toldo Lancer Centre hosting recognition ceremony for the City of Windsor


Recognition for community partnerships.

In appreciation of the City of Windsor's support for the University of Windsor's Toldo Lancer Centre, the game-day entrance of the new athletics and fitness facility is being renamed the City of Windsor Entrance.

A recognition ceremony is being held today at 2:30 p.m. at the south entrance of 2555 College Avenue, with tours of the facility to follow for those in attendance.

It's been a banner first year according to officials, with Lancer Recreation forging partnerships with more than 15 community groups, many located in Windsor's west end, providing these groups access to the state-of-the-art Toldo Lancer Centre for free or at a reduced rate.

The Toldo Lancer Centre is also getting recognition from outside the area, as it has won national and international acclaim for its design and services. 

Dr. Linda Rohr, Dean of the University of Windsor's Faculty of Human Kinetics, will unveil the new signage at the entrance, with Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens bringing remarks from the city.

Dr. Rohr says they're very proud of the programs and services offered to the campus community as well as the broader community.

"We hire over 300 student employees every year to deliver our programs and operate the facility, so it's a really wonderful space for campus and our community," she said.

When the Toldo Lancer Centre was preparing to open, Dr. Rohr says they didn't know what to expect as she, along with the Athletic Director, were new on campus and they were also coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Rohr says they're so excited to see how the community has embraced the centre.

"Fans at our games, we've had over 20,000 fans at our 100 home and exhibition games. Lots of people using the facility from swim lessons, to personal training, to our fitness classes. I think we were optimistic, but suitably impressed with the wonderful embracement we've had from our community."

Dr. Rohr says everyone is working really hard to make sure they're engaging students, faculty, staff and those who visit the campus from the community.

"So lots of users from the school boards, from the west end community, from other organizations within Windsor-Essex, and really delighted to have people on campus working with us, learning from us, and us learning from them," she said.

In its first year of operation, the Toldo Lancer Centre welcomed nearly 590,000 users.