Originally built in 1967, the building is in the process of a facility renewal. The centre features a main gymnasium with seating for 1200 spectators for basketball or volleyball games. The main gymnasium can also accommodate three courts for basketball or volleyball widthwise and has hosted numerous games, tournaments, sports camps, minor sports groups, intramural activities and special events. Staging may be set up for concerts or large conferences.
Adjacent to the main gymnasium is the auxiliary gymnasium featuring one basketball/ volleyball court. The auxiliary gymnasium serves as a practice facility for StFX varsity teams, along with a teaching area for Human Kinetics skills classes, and recreational space for StFX Recreation Department members.
In addition to the two gymnasiums, the Amelia Saputo Centre for Healthy Living houses 3 racquetball courts, 2 squash courts, varsity weight room, sports medicine clinic, 2 Human Kinetics labs, combat room, team dressing rooms, 3 classrooms, and the Kehoe conference meeting room.
FACILITY RENEWAL - We are renovating!
Thanks to the gracious $10 million donation from Amelia & Lino Saputo, along with numerous other private donaors and a commitment from StFX students, athletic and recreation spaces are currently undergoing a multi-phased facility renewal project. PHASE 1 of the Amelia Saputo Centre for Healthy Living was completed in 2017 with the renovation of the main gymnasium. Coach K Court was installed, along with new bleachers, featuring comfortable individual seating and end bleacher seating for 1200 total.
PHASE 2A was completed in the spring of 2018 with new stadium bleachers and seats, featuring seating for 1100 people, including options for individual seats or bleacher seating. A new, enhanced physical and athletic therapy space also opened in March, 2019. This new area will provide enhanced lab instruction space for students taking courses in therapy, and expands our capacity to offer physical and athletic therapy services to students.
The next phase of the facility renewal project - PHASE 2B - is an overhaul of the varsity locker rooms, which began in March, 2019 and is scheduled for completion in July, 2019. Future phases, including new new public change rooms, an expanded fitness centre and auxiliary gym, as well as new academic spaces for teaching and research, will take place in subsequent years.