The Shea Rowing Center
The Shea Rowing Center was formally dedicated on October 7, 2000, at a ceremony that included approximately 500 current and former Princeton rowers, as well as family and friends. The audience included Irene Shea, whose $4 million gift in the name of her husband led to the centers renovation. Mrs. Shea received a standing ovation and sustained cheers when she rose to speak of "my dear husband" and her desire to "do something to recognize his love for Princeton and his dedication to rowing." Commenting on the "joy in this place," she said, "I owe you a debt of gratitude for the joy you have given me."
The recent success of all four crew teams encouraged rowing alumni and the University to expand the role of rowing on campus. The architects added a 13,500-square-foot addition while renovating the existing 20,000-
square-foot Class of 1887 Boathouse. The resulting structure features a 16-person rowing tank, a repair bay, seven boat bays, four large workout spaces, locker rooms, coaches offices and a two-bedroom apartment. There
is also a large club room on the second floor at the end of a hallway lined by old rowing photographs. The boathouse sits alongside Lake Carnegie, a private, three-mile lake with a fully-buoyed 2000-meter race course. As former Head Heavyweight coach Curtis Jordan said, "we now have a facility that matches the caliber and intensity of our athletes."
The alumni have set up a wikipedia page to contribute information about the Shea Rowing Center. To view this page, please click here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shea_Rowing_Center