University of Wisconsin Student-Athlete Performance Center

Our Vision

To address these challenges and enhance the areas crucial to the success of our overall programs, plans have been developed for the construction of a Student-Athlete Performance Center, to include the north end of Camp Randall Stadium, and renovation of the McClain Center basement. The state-of-the-art Student-Athlete Performance Center will include:

    Director of Strength and conditioning, John Dettman

    "This facility will be huge for our programs from a strength and conditioning stand point. The plans for the new weight room will more than double what we have currently have and will be more in line with what other Big Ten programs have. We feel with the nutrition area and performance lab, we will be able to provide our student-athletes with the best there is to offer in the areas of training and conditioning."

    -John Dettman, Director of Strength and conditioning

  • Renovated and Expanded Football Team Suite including player and coach locker rooms, team lounge, equipment room, and hot/cold recovery pools.
  • Athletic Training/Sports Medicine Center featuring therapy pools, rehabilitation and treatment areas, and preventive taping and examination rooms.
  • Strength and Conditioning Center including a 17,000 sq. ft weight room, nutrition bar, and cardio area.
  • Expanded and enhanced Fetzer Student-Athlete Academic Center which includes over 30,000 square feet of space dedicated to study rooms, tutoring space, computer lab and student lounge.
  • Team locker space for use by teams who practice at other campus facilities but use support services offered in the Student-Athlete Performance Center. These teams include menís and womenís soccer, menís and womenís track and cross country, among others.

Wisconsin Athletics is self-funded and relies on private gifts from alumni, former letter winners and fans to fund its facility needs. Accordingly, a minimum of $25 million in new private gifts must be secured in order for the $86 million Student-Athlete Performance Center to be fully completed.


The Student-Athlete Performance Center is currently in the first of three design and construction phases. Once the new gift fund goal is met, the Student-Athlete Performance Center will progress to the final two phases of design and construction with the goal of opening the facility prior to the 2014-15 athletic season.

  • Phase I includes digging tunnel access from the lower level of the McClain Center to the playing field, new field turf, and preparing for the McClain Center renovation.
  • Phase II includes renovation of the McClain Center and internal Camp Randall spaces.
  • Phase III includes the new Fetzer Academic Center addition on the north end of Camp Randall Stadium, new video board and sound system in Camp Randall Stadium, and project site-work components.

Funding Model

A funding model which includes the following components has been developed by the Athletic Department:

  • $12 million
    Unrestricted annual gifts allocated to the project
  • $49 million
    Bonding (annual payments covered by Athletic Dept. over 30 year period)
  • $25 million
    New gifts required for project
  • $19 million
    Gift Funds secured as of May 2013
  • $6 million
    New gifts remaining to be secured