Flames Athletic Center
A True Commitment to Excellence
Christened on June 10, 1999, the Flames Athletic Center is the crown jewel in the University of Illinois at Chicago's effort to bring its 18 Division I men's and women's programs to national prominence.
The $9.25-million, 50,000-square foot venue is a state-of-the-art practice facility and features two NCAA regulation-sized basketball courts; a two-story comprehensive weight training and cardio-fitness center; an in-house sports medicine facility; locker rooms for UIC student-athletes, with two just for men's and women's basketball; as well as offices for the basketball, baseball and athletic administration staff.
Several individuals provided leadership to the center through their generous gifts, and each was recognized with selected facilities in the new center being named in their honor. Among those are Pat and Peggy Colvin, whose funding established The Colvin Communication and Administration Center; Arnold J. Hartoch, who helped fund The Arnold J. Hartoch Baseball Suite; William and Cathy Merchantz, whose gift funded The Lambert Basketball Center; and Sidney L. Port, who contributions set up the Port Hall of Excellence.