Tuesday, May 11, 2010

DU's Strength Center Named For Broncos Owner

(above) Pat Bowlen (far left) at the naming ceremony on Friday

From: DU Clarion
by Steve Coulter

The University of Denver announced Friday afternoon that the strength and conditioning complex in the new soccer stadium will be named for Pat Bowlen, owner of the NFL Denver Broncos who donated a reported $1.5 million toward the soccer stadium and strength complex project.

The stadium’s total cost was $6.3 million and it took almost two years to complete.

The 10,000-square foot training facility is located beneath the soccer stadium seating and was dedicated as the Pat Bowlen Training Center last week.

“When I look at this university now I think of a university that is one of the best private institutions in the United States,” said Bowlen at the dedication.

Bowlen, who has been a member of the DU Board of Trustees since 1987, was present at a ceremony held last Friday at the Ritchie Center.Chancellor Robert Coombe introduced Bowlen at the ceremony.

The Pat Bowlen Training Center will be attached to west side of the Ritchie Center.

“Today is a celebration, it is a celebration for the entire Pioneer community” said Peg Bradley Doppes, the vice chancellor for Athletics and Recreation. “This training facility is one of a kind and it is one of the last jewels in the crown called the Daniel L. Ritchie Center.”

The Pat Bowlen Training Center was constructed simultaneously with CIBER Field, DU’s new soccer stadium and will include 12 Olympic lifting stations and a 66-yard turf track for speed and agility training.

In addition the new strength and condition complex will have warm-up areas, cardio and rehabilitation stations and an equipped video screening room.

All 17 athletic teams are supposed to use the facility to get better physically as well as mentally.

“I think it will be a terrific asset,” said Bowlen (read rest of article).

4 comments:

achsdu17 said...

Bring back DU Football!

dggoddard said...

The University of Texas almost spends more on football than DU spends on faculty salaries. I'm guessing it ain't gonna happen. :-)

Anonymous said...

DG, I'm just as shellshocked as you are that the "Goddard Centre" unveiling has once again been set back. I thought it was going to be called Coombes Castle??? :)

dggoddard said...

I don't think DU is in any hurry to name a "Goddard Centre." :-)