Dennis Brown | May 8, 2019
A foundational gift from Karen and Kevin Keyes, plus lead gifts from Andrew and Kirsten Braccia, and from Ryan and Jen Sweeney (class of 1999), paved the way for the renovation of Rolfs Athletics Hall at the University of Notre Dame, a state-of-the-art practice complex for the Fighting Irish men’s and women’s basketball programs. In addition, other benefactors made gifts to support the renovation, including Jim and Dana Bernhard, Jimmy and Susan Dunne, Tom and Jeanne Hagerty, Jim Mooney, Jim and Darla Wainscott, and 334 former women’s and men’s basketball players.
Work began in January 2018 to repurpose the Rolfs Sports Recreation Center after the opening of the Smith Center for Recreational Sports in the new Duncan Student Center on the west side of Notre Dame Stadium. Rolfs Athletics Hall became available for use in November and was dedicated this past weekend.
The 77,000-square-foot Rolfs Athletics Hall features video rooms, team rooms and locker rooms for both the men’s and women’s programs, as well as views into both practice gyms on the entry level. Also on the entry level are locker areas for the coaching and support staffs, and auxiliary locker spaces available for basketball alumni, practice players and other guests.
The lower level features nutrition space, a sports medicine facility with two in-ground (hot and cold) hydrotherapy tubs, a large strength and conditioning center and two separate practice gyms, each with a full-sized replica of the court in Purcell Pavilion, and several side baskets for drills.
The upper level includes a shared reception area, office suites for each program, each with a kitchen and storage space, and two conference rooms suspended above the respective gym spaces. A spectator viewing area, fully renovated with trophy displays and ample space for various entertainment functions, are also on the upper level.
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