BUFFALO, NY – The University at Buffalo athletic department has announced facility renovations to the wrestling complex, the first of such upgrades since Alumni Arena opened its doors in 1982.
The $400,000 project offers several improvements to the coaches' offices, student-athlete common areas, on-site fitness room and team practice area. Another aspect of the renovation includes the addition of windows on the outside facade allowing the practice area to be exposed to natural light for the first time.
For head coach Jim Beichner, the enhancement of the facilities' infrastructure is a necessary step in continuing the work towards building champions.
"Investing in the program is important not only for the current student-athletes, but also for the next generation of Buffalo wrestlers. These improvements will be received in a very positive way by recruits and their parents" Beichner said.
The on-site fitness center will be one of the most important additions for the Buffalo coaches, as it will allow the student-athletes to train with their team and coaches.
"Currently when an injured athletes needs to do cardio and other rehab they are taken out of the wrestling complex," Beichner said. "Now they will be able to continue training with their teammates and coaches in the facility overlooking the wrestling room; this is a critical aspect of our training regiment".
On Sunday, February 20th, an alumni and friends breakfast was held to kick off the fundraising campaign for the project. Numerous giving recognition levels are available to individuals interested in supporting this initiative. One area in the new complex will be named after former captain Jeff Parker, who lost his battle with cancer in May 2010. The official name for the space will now be the Jeff Parker Student-Athlete Lounge. Beichner was elated to have Parker's legacy remain within the walls of the wrestling offices.
"He was our Ideal Bull and I think in so many ways he's a great contributor to our team," Beichner said. "His parents are ensuring his legacy will last forever (thanks to his name on the student-athlete lounge). It's an honor for us to have his name in our new wrestling room."
The construction is set to begin at the end of this month, with the project expected to be completed by late-summer.
To learn more about the project or to make a contribution, please call the UB Athletics Development Office at 716-645-6867.