USU Athletics receives $4.5 million donation for new center

Utah State University Athletics was given a $4.5 million gift to be used toward funding a new strength and conditioning center. The gift, whose donor wishes to remain anonymous, was announced at the USU Board of Trustees meeting Friday. Athletics is currently raising funds to build the new facility. The $6.2 million facility, estimated to be finished in the summer of 2013, will be funded entirely through donations and fundraising efforts. USU’s current training facility has 5,800 square feet and is 17 years old, making it the oldest athletics training facility in the Western Athletic Conference. USU’s 400 students currently have to schedule time to use the limited facilities. The new 18,000 square-foot facility will have cardiovascular workout machines, weight training equipment and space for speed and agility training. In a press statement, USU men’s basketball coach said, “Future student-athletes in all sports will enjoy this much-needed addition, and it’s an obvious boost to recruiting.” Athletics must raise another $1.7 million to meet their $6.2 million budget. Athletics Director Scott Barnes estimates it will take 14 months to complete the building from when they begin planning to the end of construction. –

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