What is the occupancy limit for Ritchie Training Center at Lake Erie College right now?
Ritchie Training Center has a working gym/weight room. During the pandemic social distancing era, this room has a maximum capacity of 40 persons. Athletics staff measured carefully and took all COVID-19 guidelines into consideration to come up with a safe number of no more than 40 persons at a time. Signage is posted in the area so that you will not forget. So, enjoy the gym in a safe and socially distanced way!
The Ritchie Athletic Training Center has been many things to the LEC community and it now acts as the athletic training facility for our NCAA Division II varsity teams.
Originally opening in 1920, the building included offices, a beautiful lobby area, a gymnasium, stage, pool and two bowling lanes. Students were required to swim the length of the pool prior to graduation and the Dwan Synchronized Swimming Club was quite popular. The facility was renamed Ritchie Gymnasium in 1976 after Mable Marsh Ritchie, a 1901 graduate. Most activity in the building subsided in 1979 with the dedication of the Lincoln Gymnasium, and the building was almost exclusively used by children in the College’s Phillips School. The building was later sold in 1990 and became part of the independent Phillips Osborne School. Lake Erie College College reacquired the building in 2008 and has completely renovated it into an athletic training facility. Currently, the Ritchie Athletic Training Center houses a varsity weight room, offices for the football and soccer coaching staffs and a large meeting area for film review and team meetings.