One of the most crucial needs for WVU Intercollegiate Athletics is support for the renovation and construction of first-class athletic facilities. For recruiting purposes it is essential that our facilities exceed the expectations of prospective student-athletes and compare favorably to other schools in the BIG 12 and the nation. As always, maintaining facilities and strategically planning for the future is an ongoing process. Current major gift opportunities are available in facility campaigns, program enhancements, recruiting funds, scholarship endowments and mentorship programs. Supporting these initiatives will provide the resources necessary to ensure that all of WVU's programs will remain competitive in the BIG 12 Conference and on a national level. All major gifts and pledges to WVU Intercollegiate Athletics — above and beyond those for football and basketball ticket priorities — that match or exceed $50,000 qualify for recognition in the All-American Society.
Please click on the links below to find out more information on current projects and naming opportunities within each project.
Puskar Center Athletic Training Room
The new football training room will allow us to improve the quality of care provided to those student-athletes needing rehabilitation from injuries as well as assist us in treating and preventing future injuries.
The Training Room Project is designed to provide our student-athletes with additional space and enhanced equipment needed for care and prevention. The renovation will expand our existing training room from 4,450 square feet to over 8,600 square feet. The updated facility will include a new hydrotherapy room, expanded treatment area, rehab area, taping station, renovated Swim-Ex therapy pool and expanded office space for trainers and doctors. The remodeled facility will be a cornerstone for recruiting top tier student-athletes by showing our commitment and concern for their well-being.
WVU Coliseum Academic Center Renovation
Putting our student-athletes first is our top priority and we need to give them the best academic space to enhance their educational experience. With technology advancements in education, and the competitive landscape of attracting the nation’s best student-athletes, it is imperative that we provide the necessary opportunities for academic success.
The Academic Center renovation will provide more space and opportunities for student-athletes to excel in the classroom. The computer lab will be renovated with state-of-the-art technology systems. Additionally, tutoring rooms will be added which will provide a quiet supportive environment for student learning. This project will also include upgrades to student-athlete development staff offices. With the private offices, and technology upgrades, our development staff will be able to provide the highest level of support.
Olympic Sports Weight Room
This 10,000 sq. ft. weight room will be designed to provide the best performance equipment and additional space for our Olympic sport student-athletes to train at the highest level and continue to compete for Big 12 championships. The new weight room will raise the standard for training, preparation, and performance for WVU Olympic sport student- athletes. This new addition will also give our Strength and Conditioning coaches the proper room and capacity to enhance the training methods for our student-athletes. The weight room will also be a new recruiting tool that will help our coaches attract top-tier student-athletes by showcasing the best of what West Virginia can offer and illustrating our commitment to our Mountaineer Olympic sports teams.
Golf Practice Facility
To attract the most talented young golfers nationally, the golf program needs a new practice facility where they can hone their skills year-round. A Golf Practice Facility, a priority for the Department of Athletics, is the key element missing when top-tier recruits visit campus.
A new Golf Practice Facility will allow WVU Athletics to empower our golf student-athletes to achieve their full potential athletically. The facility will include a state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor practice facility, along with coaches’ offices and student-athlete space. Desired elements of the new facility include: 350+ yard long double-ended driving range, target greens on the range, practice putting green, short game practice area, heated indoor hitting bays, team locker room, player’s lounge, conference room, exercise room, kitchenette, and a computer lounge with study area. Major gift donors who make contributions of $30,000 or more paid over a 5-year period of time will be recognized as a member of The Founders.
Women's Basketball Coliseum Locker Room
In order to better align our game day amenities with those of our Big 12 peers, the women's basketball locker room inside of the Coliseum is in need of a facelift. A complete renovation of the locker room will take place upon the completion of the 2015-16 season. The new locker room will include updated lockers, new technological advancements and a new player's lounge that will be used not only on game days, but also as a key recruiting asset for prospective student-athletes who make on-campus visits.
Baseball Stadium Complex Project
It is an exciting time to be a part of the WVU Baseball program. WVU has recently finished construction on a new baseball stadium, which opened in time for the 2015 season. The team has experienced success in their first three seasons competing in the Big 12 Conference, received national media coverage for their humanitarian efforts in Moore, OK and achieved new levels of academic success off the field. Like no other time in the history of WVU Baseball, your support towards the construction of the new stadium and indoor practice facility will be paramount to the program's future success.
There are several naming rights opportunities that are available to recognize your major gift support towards the baseball program.
The WVU Women Supporting Athletics fund has been created in order to help connect women who have a strong passion for WVU athletics. Donations to the fund will help cover costs for various projects and initiatives the WVU Director of Athletics allocates the donations to. Annual memberships will run from July to June and donors will be updated yearly on the projects the fund assists. In addition to aiding various WVU athletic programs with their donations, donors to the fund will also help create awareness and enthusiasm for WVU athletics. Donors will receive invitations to various special events, athletic event receptions, and socials. Contributors to the fund will also have the ability to network with others who have similar interests within the WVU community while helping to advance all sports within WVU athletics. In addition to invitations to events throughout the year, donors will also receive an exclusive apparel item each year they make a gift to the fund.