The SMU community is excited for the new Indoor Performance Center — which was celebrated during the annual Mustang spring football game.
The facility will be two stories and 67,000 square feet. The first floor will feature a turf football practice field, with overhead translucent panels and glass roll-up doors. The center also will include a training room and a fitness area. The second will be designated for recruiting, a lounge, and an outdoor patio. There will also be a 4,000 foot Boulevard Club that serves to “accommodate banquets, presentations, meetings, social gatherings and campus and community events.”
Many former Mustangs are showing their love for SMU athletics. Dozens have given incredibly generous donations, some north of seven figures. Headlining the non-alum donors is head coach Sonny Dykes and wife Kate Dykes.
“The SMU Indoor Performance Center will enhance student-athlete well-being and competitiveness through year-round access to a climate-controlled facility,”said Dykes. “Kate and I are proud to support this game-changing facility.”
The facility will serve its purpose during the summer months when athletes and coaches can perfect their craft without extended exposure to extreme Texas heat. It will also bolster recruiting efforts.
“Opening onto Bishop Boulevard in the very heart of our campus, this facility will enhance the student-athlete experience, elevate our competitiveness and serve as an asset to the entire campus community,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner.
The facility is set to open in the Spring of 2019. This is more precedent of SMU reinforcing a commitment to athletics by creating new facilities. The Natatorium and Crum Tennis Facility join the Indoor Performance Center as the latest examples.