ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The University of New Mexico announced Thursday that they’ve received a $1 million gift for the construction of a new Champions Training Center. The 15,000 square-foot facility will be located inside the University Stadium near the south end zone.
According to a news release, the facility will replace the 8,000 square-foot temporary tented structure that is located next to the Estes Tennis Center and the Maloof Administration Building. It will also house the latest equipment and technology for UNM athletes to use.
“Right now, we have most of our Olympic athletic teams working out in a tent and first of all, we have to say thank you to Albuquerque Tents for being great partners and for even helping us get to where we are today. If it’s too windy if it’s too cold too hot, we have to get out of that tent, so it really has been a challenge for all our teams,” said UNM Athletic Director Eddie Nunez.
New Mexico Mutual donated $1 million for the facility. According to a release, the New Mexico Mutual Champions Training center will allow for more student-athletes to work out and rehab efficiently. They also say they are still in the planning phases but estimates the building will be about 10,000 to 15,000 square feet.
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Athletic staff says this will be a place for every athlete from any sport to come in and train. Staff says they also believe the building will enhance their recruiting efforts. “All of our programs are going to benefit from this. Especially from the recruiting standpoint as they walk out here on the football field and our track athletes, our baseball athletes, they see how beautiful the facility is. It’s going to have glass windows that look out on the field, it’s big-time,” said Danny Gonzales, head Lobo football coach.
Officials say the facility should cost about $3.5 million to build. They are depending on capital outlay funds and other donations to cover the remaining cost. UNM says its plan to break round later this spring or in early summer. They hope it’s finished by the new year.