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UW-Green Bay’s Kress Events Center celebrates a decade of success

Members of the campus and community are celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the opening of the Kress Events Center. The $33 million state-of-the-art facility, is a crown jewel of the UW-Green Bay campus, continually serving a growing student body while housing a first-class home. The students benefit from first-class recreation, health and wellness spaces as well as the opportunity to host student and campus activities such as commencement, student orientation sessions, campus life programming, concerts and community events.

Success has been abundant in the KEC’s 10-year history. The Green Bay women’s basketball team has amassed a 147-15 all-time record within its friendly confines, combined with a 82-5 mark in Horizon League play. The program’s success included eight Horizon League Tournament Championships hosted on its home court.

Two years ago (Nov. 4, 2015), the Kress Events Center welcomed its one-millionth fitness-and-recreation patron visit. The one-millionth visit milestone was an actual electronic count of users — primarily UW-Green Bay students but also faculty, staff, retirees, alumni and community members.

Outside the realm of athletics and fitness and recreation, the Kress Events Center has served as a site for numerous political rallies. Prior to becoming President of the United States, the KEC hosted a rally for then-presidential-candidate Barack Obama in Feb. 2008. Most recently on the political front, the KEC hosted Bernie Sanders in April of 2016.

Former women’s basketball standout Lavesa Glover returned to perform the National Anthem, Nov. 2, 2017.

Former Green Bay women's basketball player Lavessa Glover.

Lavesa Glover-Verhagen

In the photo above: A Nov. 2, 2017 celebration included the return of donors Carol and Bob Bush (namesake to Carol’s Court), Senator Dave Hansen, former SGA President Brian Gold, and former State Representative John Gard. Flanking the group is Chancellor Gary Miller (far left) and Athletic Director Charles Guthrie (far right).