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Originally opened December 5, 1984, the Sam M. Vadalabene Center lends itself to the students, faculty, staff and alumni of SIUE for the purposes of education, health, recreation and wellness. The facility is the home to SIUE men's and women's basketball, volleyball and wrestling, and has a capacity of slightly above 4,000. It also serves as the indoor practice facility for baseball and track.
Following spring commencement exercises in 2008, the facility underwent a $6 million renovation, nearly tripling the number of chair back seats as well as adding new locker room, class room and office space. A new playing floor was also installed. The facility was officially "rededicated" February 7, 2009.
The wrestling program has its own practice room adjacent to the main gymnasium. Wrestling has its own locker room, located on the second floor of the Vadalabene Center. It was renovated in 2010.
Through the years, the Vadalabene Center has been host to numerous other events, including the 1984 U.S. Olympic Festival, where the nation's best wrestlers competed in front of the largest crowd in Festival history. It also is the site for SIUE graduation exercises.
The "VC" is named for the late Illinois State Senator Sam Vadalabene, who long-championed the facility's construction. Senator Sam, as he was known, once said of the naming of the facility: "It is the greatest tribute that can be paid an individual."
Offering excellent educational programs, enthusiastic faculty and being a critical and functional part of SIUE's campus, the Vadalabene Center is another example of the University's commitment to its students and the community.
Location: Circle Drive on SIUE's campus
Facility Opened 1984
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