|NELSON PHYSICAL ACTIVITY CENTER|
After nearly a decade of planning and persistence, the Nelson Physical Activity Center was constructed on the Chadron State College campus in 1985 and 1986, and is a great asset for the college and the community.
It is named for Edwin C. Nelson, who served as the college dean for 5½ years before becoming the president in early 1967 and filled that position for almost 18 years. It was largely through Nelson’s leadership that the college obtained a $4.7 million appropriation from the Legislature in 1984 to construct the facility.
The center contains 72,500 square feet. The main activity area is 265 by 280 feet, and contains a five-lane, 170-meter track with a six-lane 60-meter straightaway, and three combination basketball, volleyball-tennis courts.
The lower level of the east portion of the structure contains three handball-racquetball courts, a weight training room, a cardio-vascular workout room, several locker rooms, an athletic training room and the main office.
On the upper level are a large room where the wrestling team practices, a dance studio, two classrooms, several offices and some storage areas.
“The PAC,” as it is popularly known on campus, is the impetus for the college’s physical education curriculum, hosts the Eagles’ wrestling matches, has been a boon to the Eagles’ track and field program and the hub of a busy intramural program. It is also utilized constantly by both college students and community members for recreational and fitness purposes.