Bulldog Facilities On The Rise

Feb. 17, 2006

Known nationally for its men's basketball program that plays in the relatively new 6,000 seat McCarthey Athletic Center, Gonzaga University athletics continues to climb in many of its other 13 intercollegiate sports, following closely on the heels of the men's basketball success.

Part of that success has to do with the upgrade of facilities for practice and play, something the Gonzaga administration and athletic leadership have jumped onboard with following the success of the McCarthey Athletic Center in its first 16 months of existence.

The first two facility upgrades were to the existing athletic weight room and the creation of a new indoor rowing facility.

The Harry A. Green Indoor Rowing facility was completed in October, 2005 and includes space for indoor workouts, a weight training area and additional space for instructional training.

"For a school our size, we have probably one of the best - if not the best - off-water training facilities in the country," said Dan Gehn, director of rowing and head men's coach. "This facility will help us develop talent and foster success for our programs. Our student-athletes can look to this facility with great pride."

The Josh Burrows Performance Athletic Center was finished in the winter of 2005 and now provides modern weight and training equipment for the exclusive use of Bulldog student-athletes. In addition to the upgrade of a weight facility, Gonzaga also has the services of a fulltime strength and conditioning coach that works with each Zags program to formulate a training and weight schedule to fit their sport needs.

On the horizon are two new facilities that will benefit Gonzaga athletics for many years to come. Work will begin on a new baseball complex and stadium in the spring of 2006 which will give the Bulldogs baseball program its first on-campus stadium since the 2003 season. The Bulldogs program recently entered the national rankings for the first time since the 1981 season.

Also scheduled to begin work in the near future is the Diedrick/DeLong Athletic Training Center which will provide a new space for the training room to serve all of Gonzaga's student-athletes. The facility will include increased space for care of student-athletes along with increased office and work space.

With several facilities recently completed and several more on the horizon, Gonzaga is by no means done. The Bulldogs are also looking into future improvements for other sports including the development of a soccer complex and stadium to be completed in the next few years.

For more information on current Gonzaga facilities or to find out how you can donate to an on-going Bulldogs project, click on Bulldog Projects

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