Rutgers Athletics on Thursday unveiled its new RWJBarnabas Health Athletic Performance facility for its winter sports teams: men’s and women’s basketball, wrestling, and gymnastics. The 307,000-square-foot, four-story sports facility and parking deck will serve as headquarters for a sports medicine program and provide state-of-the-art practice facilities, training areas, locker room and office space.
The RWJBarnabas Health Athletic Performance Center represents a partnership between Rutgers and RWJBarnabas Health to create a comprehensive sports medicine program to serve Rutgers athletes, students and communities throughout New Jersey. RWJBarnabas Health is the exclusive health care provider for Rutgers University Athletics.
“This will make an extraordinary difference in the lives of our wrestlers, gymnasts and our basketball programs, both men’s and women’s. But really it’ll make a difference in the lives of all of our student athletes, because here is where they will come for their sports medical clinical care, their training, nutrition,” Athletic Director Pat Hobbs, said in an interview with The Daily Targum. “So it is really a 180 for Rutgers Athletics today.”
Hobbs said in his speech at the event that the facility is a game-changer for his program, as it is the first new building to be built since the Rutgers Athletic Center (RAC), which was built 40 years ago.
Launched on Jan. 20, 2016, “R Big Ten Build” has raised $101,220,854.00 in public and private support from 4,159 contributors. Facilities to rise via the initiative include the Gary and Barbara Rodkin Academic Success Center, the Marco Battaglia Practice Complex, the Fred Hill Baseball/Softball Training Complex, the Harriett and Bob Druskin Strength and Conditioning Center, the Ron and Joanna Garutti Strength and Conditioning Center, and The Brown Family Football Locker Room.