Extreme makeover coming to Devaney Center
Construction will begin this summer and open for student-atheletes in time for the 2011-2012 season.
Posted: Mon, Aug 30, 2010
The Bob Devaney Sports Center isn't just getting a facelift. It's getting something close to an extreme makeover with renovations and the addition of the new Hendricks Training Complex, which promise to be a recruiting benefit for Nebraska basketball and wrestling.
Construction on the new addition is underway, and it will open for student-athletes in time for the 2011-12 season—the same season the Huskers are scheduled to begin play in the Big Ten Conference.
In a summer Q&A series, Athletic Director Tom Osborne discussed the timeline and the scope of the Devaney Center improvement project.
To jump-start the fundraising effort for this project, a generous $10 million leadership gift was provided by alumni Tom and Mary Hendricks of Pipe Creek, Texas, and their children, Jennifer and Brandon. In providing the investment, the Hendricks said they want to help Nebraska student-athletes compete for championships.
The $18 million expansion project includes new basketball courts, dressing rooms and offices for both the Nebraska men's and women's basketball teams, as well as new offices and practice areas for the wrestling team.
Updates are also planned for the athletic medicine and strength and conditioning facilities for each Husker sport that competes or trains at the Devaney Center. In addition to basketball, these sports include men's and women's track and field, men's and women's golf, men's and women's tennis and women's swimming. Many of the coaches' offices will also be updated as part of the project.
Osborne identified the new Hendricks Training Complex addition and renovations of Devaney as a priority and a crucial factor in recruiting.
"This new practice facility is vital for student-athletes' game-day preparations as well as recruiting," Osborne said. "With the introduction of Title IX and women's athletics after the Devaney Center was built, we have two Division I basketball programs trying to effectively practice and compete on one floor, not to mention all of the other sports and activities that take place in the Devaney Center. We are very grateful for this most-generous gift from the Hendricks family and appreciate what they are doing for the future of our student-athletes and programs."
The Nebraska men's and women's basketball teams also look forward to holding competition events in a new, modern facility. They will be the home teams of the Haymarket Arena, a new 16,000-seat events venue in downtown Lincoln slated to open in time for the 2013-14 season. The arena project is a result of a partnership between the City of Lincoln and UNL.