Groundbreaking Ceremony For UMass Football Performance Center & Basketball Champions Center Set For Friday, April 26
April 2, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - The official groundbreaking ceremonies for the UMass Football Performance Center and the Basketball Champions Center will take place on Friday, April 26 in conjunction with the University's 150th Anniversary Alumni Weekend festivities. The events are open to students, faculty, staff, alumni and fans.
The day will begin with the ceremony for the Football Performance Center starting at 10 AM at McGuirk Stadium. A luncheon will then be held for invited guests at the Mullins Center at 11:45 AM. At 1:30 PM, the ceremony for the Champions Center will take place on the Boyden Practice Field on the South side of the Mullins Center (directly across from the Campus Recreation Center).
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In addition to the Football Performance Center, a new Press Box is also part of the $34.5 million upgrade project at McGuirk Stadium. The Performance Center is a 55,000 square foot complex which will include coaches offices, a new locker room space, meeting rooms, athletic training facilities and a dedicated strength and conditioning facility. The Press Box measures 5,800 square feet and will be designed to accommodate a range of media with a primary focus on television production accessibility.
The Champions Center will give both the men's and women's basketball programs a dedicated practice and training facility. At $28.5 million, it will be a 53,000 square foot complex that will be the new home for the UMass basketball programs daily operations and will house locker room space, athletic training facilities and strength and conditioning facilities along with meeting and office space. The facility will also be used for campus events such as intramural basketball championships.
Both projects are slated to be online and ready for use in Summer/Fall 2014 and represent what has been a major facility enhancement effort for athletics over the last decade.
Construction is currently underway for a new Rowing Boathouse located adjacent to the Connecticut River giving the program its first-ever dedicated training space.
These all fall in the footsteps of several other recent facilities and enhancements. The Campus Recreation Center opened in Fall 2009 and the $50 million, 120,000 square foot facility quickly became one of the most popular destinations on campus. This past Fall, it was named a 2012 Facility of Merit Award Winner by Athletics Business Magazine.
The Performance Center and Champions Center will be the first new athletic facilities since the construction of the UMass Track & Field Complex in October 2005 - widely regarded as one of the top facilities in New England. Other enhancements at UMass include the previous work at McGuirk Stadium (field turf installation, permanent lights, video board); new grandstands and press box for Garber Field; new grandstands at the UMass Softball Complex; a new backstop, new halo, and upgraded dugouts at Earl Lorden Field; and the endzone video boards in the Mullins Center.
Those interested in making donations to either project or to other fundraising efforts are encouraged to contact the Minutemen Club office at 413-545-9652.
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