UW Health Sports Medicine 
McClain Center
Quick Facts
Opened: 1988
Renovated: 2013
Main Level: 90-yard FieldTurf practice field
Lower Level: Locker rooms, strength and conditioning center, Mueller Sports Medicine Center, UW Sports Performance Center
Name: Named for former football head coach Dave McClain
Address: 1475 Engineering Dr.
Madison, WI 53711

The Dave McClain Athletic Facility serves as the year-round home for a number of University of Wisconsin teams, offering a climate-controlled indoor training space, locker rooms, sports medicine center and strength and conditioning facilities.

Opened in 1988 at a cost of $9.5 million, the McClain Center has undergone an extensive renovation as part of the $86 million Student-Athlete Performance Center project undertaken by UW Athletics to provide first-class facilities for the Badgers.

Those renovations were finished in 2013 with the completion of Phase II of the three-phase SAPC project.

The centerpiece of the McClain Center is a 76,000-square foot main floor that features a 90-yard practice field utilized by a variety of UW athletic programs. The practice area was re-surfaced in 2013 with the installation of the most advanced playing surface offered by FieldTurf. The facility's large translucent roof was also replaced as part of the renovations.

The most dramatic transformation took place below the main floor, as the McClain Center's lower level was completely rebuilt to better serve the needs of today's student-athletes.

The modernized lower level is anchored by the football team suite, which is primarily comprised of new locker rooms for both student-athletes and coaches and a comfortable team lounge. The locker room boasts large wooden lockers for each player and also features both hot and cold recovery pools. The connected lounge space features overized chairs, TVs, video game systems, a pool table, ping-pong table, dart board and more for players to use in their down time.

McClain's lower level also features expanded team suites for the UW men's and women's soccer and men's and women's track and field and cross country programs. In addition to a new locker room, each program also has its own team lounge and access to large team meeting rooms.

Adjacent to the football team suite is the expansive and modern Mueller Sports Medicine Center, which serves as the primary athletic training facility for all UW sports. The center features a clinical area with offices for three physicians, a consultation room and an on-site X-ray facility in addition to its extensive treatment and rehabilitation area. The space also includes a Hydroworx rehab pool and multiple whirlpools.

The Mueller Sports Medicine Center is adjacent to the UW Sports Performance Center, which houses a variety of sports performance testing equipment and specialized staff.

Also serving a number of sports is a new strength and conditioning center that is used primarily by the UW cross country, rowing, softball, soccer, track and field and volleyball programs. The 6,000-square foot space offers a full range of strength training equipment, in addition to a dedicated cardio area and a performance station featuring fresh fruit and nutritional drinks for use in recovery after workouts.

The UW football program is the primary user of the renovated weight room located adjacent to the McClain Center in Camp Randall Stadium. That 17,000-square foot space can accommodate the Badgers' entire 120-man roster for simultaneous workouts. In addition to the latest in weight training equipment custom-built for the Badgers, the strength and conditioning center features a dedicated cardio and warm-up area.

Located within the Camp Randall strength and conditioning center is the expansive Performance Nutrition area that offers fresh fruit, power drinks and a station for making recovery shakes.

Part of the 18,000-square foot Dichter-Deutsch Conference Center, the upper level of the McClain Center features a 150-seat theater-style auditorium primarily used for football team meetings, as well as individual position meeting rooms. That renovation, which was completed in 2008, also includes work space for NFL scouts, a state-of-the-art video services center and UW's on-site Big Ten Network studio.

The McClain Center is named in honor of Dave McClain, who served as Wisconsin's head football coach from 1978-85 before his unexpected passing in the spring of 1986. McClain led the Badgers to bowl games in 1981, 1982 and 1984.


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