University of Wisconsin Student-Athlete Performance Center
"I am delighted that the Chancellor and the Athletic Board share our vision
about the necessity and value of this new project. This new project will
provide our student-athletes every opportunity to succeed academically,
athletically and socially."
-Barry Alvarez, Director of Athletics
The University of Wisconsin Athletic Department is committed to maintaining and enhancing its standing as one of the finest intercollegiate athletics programs in the country. A key component to the success of our student-athletes is the availability of modern on-campus athletic facilities. Over the past decade, Badger supporters have invested private gifts toward the renovation or construction of athletic facilities such as the Porter Boathouse, La Bahn Arena, Goodman Softball Training Center and a Golf Training Center. While these facilities have had a positive impact on our athletic program, a number of our sports remain at a competitive and recruiting disadvantage due to inadequate athletic facilities as compared with our peer institutions.
For today’s student-athlete, studying and training is a year-round commitment. Balancing the rigors of competing at the intercollegiate level with the demands of the classroom is one of the greatest challenges our student-athletes face. That is why it is critical our student-athletes are provided with exceptional support services so they may pursue their dreams in the classroom and on the fields of play.
At present, the support units of academic services, athletic training/sports medicine, and strength and conditioning are housed in the lower level of the McClain Center. These areas were initially designed and constructed more than 20 years ago for use by 300 student-athletes. While this facility has certainly served the Badgers well today, these areas can no longer effectively accommodate the academic and athletic needs of the 800 student-athletes competing in 23 sports.
Additionally in the lower level of the McClain Center, the current football team locker room and associated equipment room has become outdated and too small to accommodate the needs of the football program. Therefore, it is essential this space be modernized and enhanced to support the football student-athletes and coaches as they look to maintain the critical recruiting edge with our peer NCAA and Big Ten Conference institutions.