The Fernandez Family Center
The Fernandez Family Center for Leadership and Wellness is a state of the art 62,000 square foot facility that is home to the St. Thomas University Department of Athletics, as well as a learning laboratory for the nationally renowned Sports Administration program. The 1st floor of the center is equipped with a fitness center, an athletic training room, locker rooms, athletic administration offices, a full size gymnasium, the Ogazón Family Fronton (racquetball/squash court), and a recreation area with ping-pong tables, televisions and a concession stand. The 2nd floor houses an eSports Gaming Room and the Dominick Miniaci Mezzanine, which features three classrooms that can also be used as suites for viewing events on the gym floor below.
Besides varsity sports, the center is open to all students for intramural sports and recreational play. Additionally, the center is used for university commencement and special events. Maximum capacity for the Fernandez Family Center is 2,500, with 283 parking spots available.
Mike Fernandez, chairman of MBF Healthcare Partners, for whom the center is named, donated $3 million to this beautiful new hub of student activity and leadership development. “The creation of a leadership and wellness center will build an unprecedented opportunity for STU. The programs offered there will develop students’ leadership skills, mold their minds, shape their bodies and build their spirits,” said benefactor Mike Fernandez.