WVU to deliver multi-million dollar Olympic sports performance centre

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The centre will be fully equipped with training facilities.

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West Virginia University (WVU) is set to build a new athletics performance centre for its Olympic sports programmes as part of the university’s Climbing Higher Master Plan to elevate its existing sports facilities. 

The new performance centre dubbed is estimated to cost US$35 million and has been partially funded thanks to a US$10 million gift from the Hazel Ruby McClain Charitable Trust. 

“I cannot begin to express my thanks and sincere appreciation to the trustees of the Hazel Ruby McQuain Charitable Trust. They recognized the great need for a building like this and the major impact it will have on WVU’s student-athletes for decades to come,” said WVU athletic director Shane Lyons in a media release


The sports performance centre will be delivered by CBRE | Heery and will house various sports and equipment facilities for strength and conditioning, training, rehabilitation, and nutrition for all WVU Olympic sports programmes. 

The Coliseum Complex is part of a much larger master plan that will shift WVU’s sports initiatives to greater heights with the expansion of its sports facilities. The plan will connect existing and future facilities, renovate unutilised facilities and bring a consistent aesthetic across all structures. 

More than 400 student-athletes will benefit from the centre which will enhance WVU’s commitment to compete at a national level. 

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The performance centre will benefit more than 400 student-athletes in various fields. Source: Zach Lucero/Unsplash.

“It is exciting to imagine the future of our Olympic sports thanks to this generous and significant gift from the Hazel Ruby McQuain Charitable Trust,” said WVU President Gordon Gee.

 “While we have had success, notably in rifle and soccer, this will provide West Virginia University student-athletes in every sport with the best possible facilities to develop their skills.”

The performance centre will be partly located at the university’s existing Natatorium which will be converted and renovated to encompass a multi-level performance centre in excess of 21,000 gross square feet. 


Adding on to new weight, training and rehabilitation rooms, the facility will also feature extensive cardio and plyometric areas, hydrotherapy and cryotherapy treatment sections, and locker rooms. 

The expansive facility will enable multiple teams to make use of the centre at one time. This will alleviate any scheduling concerns and provides time management flexibility in the areas of academics and team practices. 

The facilities will be used by the baseball, volleyball, gymnastics, rowing, golf, track and field, tennis, rifle, wrestling, swimming and diving, men’s soccer and women’s soccer teams.  

The Climbing Higher master plan involves a multi-phased development which includes the Puskar Centre Complex, the WVU Coliseum Complex, the Cary Gym Complex and the WVU Golf Complex.