(NRG)- The state-of-the-art Wellness Center at the University of Nebraska at Kearney opened its doors to the public with a grand opening and ribbon cutting Wednesday afternoon. In his opening remarks, UNK Chancellor Doug Kristensen said its a historic day for the campus and community and added the facility will benefit many groups, most importantly, UNK's students. Other speakers at the event included College of Education Dean Ed Scantling, Kinesiology and Sport Sciences Chair Nita Unruh, UNK Student Body President Connor Schulte and former President Jordan Gonzalez. The $6.5 million Wellness Center is a new 19,000-square-foot facility east of Cushing Coliseum. The center includes program and research space, in addition to a large fitness center for students. The facility adds nearly 10,000 more square feet for exercise machines, weights, exercise and fitness classes. Aerobic and weight equipment are in separate areas, and a new fitness studio features classes such as Zumba and yoga. A 30-foot rock-climbing wall is also located in the fitness center.