Members of the community are starting to get used to seeing the “OLLI at Bradley University” shuttle around Peoria during our various local Learning Trips. However, for today’s Learning Trip, the shuttle didn’t have to travel far as we toured the Bradley Renaissance Coliseum.
Dave Snell, Assistant Director of Athletic Communications, Led the tour. OLLI members truly enjoyed hearing all of Dave’s stories detailing the history of Bradley athletics throughout the years. The BU Athletic program has evolved over the years, and we can’t think of a better person to walk us through this tour and discuss the history than Dave Snell, “Voice of the Braves” for over 35 years.
Highlights of our visit included the Burkland Family Heritage Hall (home to the Bradley Athletics Hall of Fame), and coaches offices, practice court balcony, Braves Club Room, conference and hospitality rooms, and administrative offices for the Athletics Department, and the athletic training rooms.
Cory Robertson, Assistant AD for Sports Performance, spoke with us regarding the strength and conditioning regiment that Bradley athletes undergo each season. The Renaissance Coliseum is a $50 million, 165,000 square-foot facility that strives to “Provide every student-athlete the opportunity for both a distinctive education and a championship experience.” We would like to thank Dave Snell and the entire staff in the Bradley Athletics Department for giving us a warm welcome today on campus.