Cheyenne, Wy- Student athletes at the University of Wyoming are gearing up for fall sports and they now have a brand new training facility that meets all of their athletic needs. The Mick and Susie McMurry High Altitude Performance Center cost an estimated 44 million dollars. Governor Matt Mead and the Wyoming State Legislature provided 20 million dollars in state matching funds for the project. In excess 24 million in private gifts were raised for this project.
All student athletes can train in the HAPC and head coach Craig Bohl says this will help with recruiting. "It really encompasses all of their needs. We set out and developed whats call the Wyoming Profile to recruit a young man that wants to get a meaningful degree from a great institution and win the Mountain West Championship, and we feel that this facility will help do that."
A total of 126 donors helped make this possible. On Saturday alumni, current students, political officials, donors, and fans came together for the grand opening. University of Wyoming Athletic Director, Tom Burman says Wyoming people are passionate about their university.
"Wyoming people are special there are people that have given to this project that I'm not saying couldn't afford it, but it was a stretch for them and they do it because the love the University of Wyoming."
This new facility is 118 thousand square feet and includes a new weight room, new recovery pools, a full service kitchen, dietitian, a chef, remodeled locker rooms, a sports medicine biomechanics lab, and a barber shop, all to benefit our athletes in the long run.
It sends the statement that we are in it to win it and to develop our players. I think what you are going to see is more and more pro scouts come through here as we are able to better develop more players says Bohl.
Former offensive linemen Jack Tennant says he's a little jealous that he didn't get to experience this during his time at U-W but he is happy for all of the athletes that get to train here.
"This is going to take them to a whole other level of success."