Utah State Athletics Announces $4.5 Million Gift For New Strength and Conditioning Center
Jan. 6, 2012
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State University Director of Athletics Scott Barnes announced Friday the largest gift in the history of Aggie Athletics - a lead gift of $4.5 million from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous - to fund a new strength and conditioning center.
The $6.2 million, 18,000 square-foot strength and conditioning center will feature areas for weight training, cardiovascular workouts and speed and agility training, as well as offices for staff. Built on existing university property at the northwest corner of Romney Stadium, the state-of-the-art multi-level facility will alleviate overcrowding in the existing 5,800 square-foot conditioning center and will accommodate almost 400 athletes from 16 sports programs.
The facility is expected to be completed in the summer of 2013.
"We are extremely thankful for the generous and historic lead gift that has made this project possible," said Barnes. "We can't thank the donor family enough for their continued and monumental support. Their contribution to this project is a game changer for all of our programs."
"The location, programming aspects and amenities of the new strength and conditioning center will serve as a huge recruiting opportunity for all sports," Barnes added.
All funding for the new strength and conditioning center will come from private donations.
The location of the facility may allow the athletic department to capitalize on potential new merchandise sales and customer service opportunities as well.
"We will work with our architects and others to evaluate the upside to adding a game day Aggie Apparel outlet on the east end of the building as well as a possibility for a new game day ticket outlet on the west side," said Barnes.
"There is more heavy lifting to do regarding fundraising for this project, but obviously this contribution gives us a significant head start," Barnes stated.
This project is the latest in a series of recent athletic facility improvements at Utah State. In 2008, the University completed construction on the 69,000 square foot Jim & Carol Laub Athletics-Academics Complex. In 2009, USU opened the Steve Mothersell Athletics Hall of Honor as well as its new off-court basketball facilities, which include the Nate and Heather Wickizer men's basketball and MerLynn Pitcher women's basketball locker rooms. In 2010, USU opened the Dr. Randall and Julianne Stockham Student-Athlete Academic Hall of Honor and in 2011 a new synthetic turf was installed in the Stan Laub Indoor Training Center.
For more information on the new strength and conditioning center or to pledge a gift, contact the USU Athletics Department at (435) 797-1850.
What Select Utah State Coaches Are Saying About The New Strength and Conditioning Center
Gary Andersen, Utah State Head Football Coach
Stew Morrill, Utah State Head Men's Basketball Coach
Raegan Pebley, Utah State Head Women's Basketball Coach
Heather Cairns, Utah State Head Women's Soccer Coach
Gregg Gensel, Utah State Head Track and Field/Cross Country Coach
Evan Simon, Utah State Head Strength and Conditioning Coach