Brian Patterson Sports Performance Center
Rice Athletics formally broke ground on the $31.5 million, 60,000-square-foot Brian Patterson Sports Performance Center on March 11, 2015 in front of over 200 Rice alumni, letterwinners, university and athletic department leadership, Trustees and friends. The Patterson Sports Performance Center will house state-of-the-art amenities that will help prepare Rice student-athletes for practice and game days. The two-story structure will house a weight room, home-team locker room, coaching and staff offices, auditorium seating 150, football team lounge and areas for training and sports medicine that include hydrotherapy, plunge pools and exam rooms. The weight room and sports medicine areas will be available to student-athletes from all sports at Rice. Located in the north end zone of historic Rice Stadium, the facility will provide convenient access for football student-athletes to both the practice field to the north and the stadium to the south.
The Patterson Sports Performance Center was funded through private philanthropic support, including a generous lead gift from Brian Patterson, '84, a three-year Rice football letterman. Said Patterson, "This new all-sports facility was an opportunity to repay a huge debt of gratitude to this great university, and I wanted to do it for coach David Bailiff and the players." The Patterson Center is scheduled to open in July 2016.
Wendel D. Ley Track Renovations
Wendel D. Ley Track will receive a facelift in 2015 that includes a new 1,200-seat grandstand with a mixture of chair-back and bleacher seating, enclosed press box and team facilities for women's soccer, track and field, and cross country. The team facilities will include meeting rooms, a weight room and space for visiting teams, in addition to restrooms for fans. The new grandstand will replace the current facility, which was built in 1966 on the site of Rice's original football stadium. Rice football moved into Rice Stadium in 1950.
New Soccer, Track & Field, Cross Country and Golf Facilities
A fundraising campaign is currently underway to construct locker rooms, lounges and team spaces for the women's soccer, men's and women's track and field, men's and women's cross country and men's golf programs. The new team areas will be located on the south end of Tudor Fieldhouse, occupying the space of the old indoor recreation pool.
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