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Sonnentag Centre

Partnering to enhance events, health and wellness opportunities

UW-Eau Claire alumni John and Carolyn Sonnentag had a vision: A new events center to serve UW-Eau Claire and the surrounding community that can accommodate larger-scale events than what can currently be held in available area venues.

That vision is now taking shape, thanks to a generous commitment of $10 million in land and money through the Sonnentags' philanthropic foundation to the Blugold Real Estate Foundation (a supporting organization of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation) in December 2014. Learn more about the Sonnentags' gift and the plans underway for the Sonnentag Centre.

The site of the Sonnentag Centre will be on Menomonie Street in Eau Claire, along the Chippewa River, on the former sites of John and Carolyn Sonnentag's family-owned business, County Materials Corp., and another company, Student Transit-Eau Claire Inc.

Basketball game in Sonnentag Centre

As currently envisioned, the center will include:

  • a major event facility with 5,100 seats;
  • a fieldhouse with artificial turf suitable for athletic, club, and intramural sport practices;
  • UW-Eau Claire wellness and recreation facilities;
  • a fieldhouse with artificial turf suitable for athletic, club, and intramural sport practices;
  • a Mayo Clinic Health System clinical location providing sports medicine, performance enhancement and imaging services;
  • surface parking to serve the entire center; and
  • land suitable for development of private businesses that could complement and serve activities at the Sonnentag Center.

How can you get involved?

To find out how you can be part of this exciting project and the available naming opportunities, please contact Kimera Way, president, UW-Eau Claire Foundation, at or 715-836-5180.

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