New Roosevelt U, gym open for business

 - Roosevelt University officials cut the ribbon for the debut of the Goodman Center. - Photo: Roosevelt University Eight months after christening its new downtown gymnasium for men's and women's basketball, Roosevelt University held a ribbon-cutting ceremony yesterday to debut the fully developed facility, complete with offices, meeting space and training rooms. The 28,000-square-foot Lillian and Larry Goodman Center on the southeast corner of Wabash Avenue and Congress Parkway recently completed construction inside the building, which houses the school's athletic administration offices in addition to the gym. Along with providing a central space for Roosevelt athletics and intramural sports next to the school's new 32-story, building at 425 S. Wabash Ave., the facility could drive new revenue as a rare full-court basketball option in the Loop. Roosevelt has hosted games for recreational leagues and high schools since opening on Dec. 1, as well as social events it has hosted by turning the gym into a carpeted ballroom. The school also plans to rent out meeting space in the newly finished offices. Rental rates for the gym depend on both time of year and time of day, but typically range from $100 to $150 per hour.