90-yard FieldTurf practice field
Locker rooms, strength and conditioning center, Mueller Sports Medicine Center,
UW Sports Performance Center
Named for former football head coach Dave McClain
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
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
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.