Kress Events Center receives ‘great’ recognition

Two web-based college ranking sites recognized UW-Green Bay’s Kress Events Center recently.

The Kress Center was named to Great Value College’s 2016 ranking of “20 Great Recreation Centers at Small Colleges.” The Kress Center ranked No. 7 on the list and is the only institution of higher education in Wisconsin to be recognized. Each institution received points for the number of awards and recognition it has received, its notable features, such as the rock climbing wall, amenities, historical relevance and affordability.

The Kress Center was ranked 31st on “The 35 Most Luxurious Student Recreation Centers” list by And again, the only university/college from Wisconsin to be recognized. The listing’s goal is to shine a light on universities that demonstrate a commitment to strong fitness opportunities for their students.

The two 2016 rankings, listed above, came after being recognized by Best Value Schools in November of 2014 in the  “20 Most Impressive College Gyms and Rec Centers.”

Jeff Krueger, Kress Events Center Director of Operations said that recognitions such as these can help recruit, attract and retain students.

“The acknowledgement is a source of pride for faculty and staff who work hard to make the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay an outstanding institution with and outstanding recreation center,” Krueger said. “Accolades for the Kress Center has meaning for the campus community, and also reflects well on the University’s alumni, community members, and the donors who helped in the development of this fantastic facility.

In November of 2015, the Kress reached a milestone 1,000,0000 patrons. It’s grand opening was in November of 2007. The facility was lauded for providing a suitable home for Phoenix Athletics including women’s basketball and volleyball. The $33 million project was constructed through a partnership led by students, who committed $15 million through higher fees. The state of Wisconsin provided $7.5 million in taxpayer support contingent upon the University realizing more than $11 million in community donations, with The George F. Kress Foundation of Green Bay providing the lead private gift.


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