Athletics & Recreation / Magazine Feature

University dedicates athletic training facility

strength and conditioning complex

DU dedicated its new strength and conditioning complex to Pat Bowlen, a DU trustee and CEO of the Denver Broncos.

Student-athletes in the University of Denver’s 17 varsity athletic programs now have a new 10,000-square foot facility where they can train.

The Pat Bowlen Training Center — named for the Denver Broncos president and CEO and DU Board of Trustees member — opened today during a ceremony at the Daniel L. Ritchie Center for Sports and Wellness.

Bowlen donated $1.5 million toward the $6.3 million project.

The training facility was constructed simultaneously with the recently opened CIBER Field at the University of Denver Soccer Stadium. The training complex is located beneath the stadium seating and is attached to the west side of the Ritchie Center.

dedication photo

Pat Bowlen receives a memento from DU lacrosse players Dillon Roy and Natasha Davies, Chancellor Bob Coombe and Trygve Myhren, president of the DU Board of Trustees.

“I’m pleased that we can now offer our student-athletes one of the premier training facilities in Division I athletics,” DU Chancellor Robert Coombe said. “Having a facility of this caliber is very important for all our athletics programs, and I’m grateful to Pat for helping make this day possible.”

The strength and conditioning complex includes the following:

• Warm-up areas

• Weight lifting and cardio and rehabilitation stations

• 12 Olympic lifting stations

• Video screening room

• 66-yard turf track for speed and agility training

“It’s great to see that the student-athletes at DU have a first-class facility to train and work out in,” Bowlen said. “This complex helps ensure that DU’s varsity athlete programs can be successful well into the future.”

Bowlen joined the DU Board of Trustees in 1987 and has served on numerous trustee committees, including chairing Athletic Affairs from 1994–96.

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