February 21, 2008

SMU Scores Slam Dunk With New Building

Dedication of the Crum Basketball Center on February 21, 2008.
See a slide show or a video of the dedication.

DALLAS (SMU) — SMU basketball has a new MVP: the $13-million, 43,000- square-foot Crum Basketball Center, where players and coaches have their own one-stop shop to practice, strength train, watch films and receive rehabilitation care.

Being dedicated today, the facility is made possible by a leadership gift from Sylvie P. and Gary T. Crum. Other major donors to the facility are David and Carolyn Miller, Vic and Gladie Jo Salvino, and the Embrey Family Foundation.

"Along with our other varsity athletic programs, menís and womenís basketball helps build a sense of community on campus and provides Dallas with exciting collegiate activities. Our players now have a great new resource for developing further their skills and competitiveness," said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. "We are grateful to our generous donors for supporting our commitment to provide our students with the best possible campus experience."

In December 2006, SMU broke ground on the Center, which joins Moody Coliseum as the new home for SMUís menís and womenís intercollegiate basketball programs. The facility contains separate full-size practice courts for each program, locker rooms and lounges, and a fully equipped training and rehabilitation room with in-ground hydrotherapy pools.

SMU Director of Athletics Steve Orsini said the new facility is a shining example of the Universityís support for its student-athletes.

"We have made a commitment at SMU to be Top 25 in all we do," he said. "The Crum Center exceeds that standard and will help our basketball programs train and recruit top-level student-athletes."

SMUís basketball coaches say the Center will allow them to recruit more competitively against other schools with basketball-only practice facilities.

"I have helped design facilities at other universities, but the Crum Basketball Center is by far one of the finest practice facilities in the nation," said SMU menís basketball coach Matt Doherty. "The Crum Center will provide players the opportunity to work on their skills year round and shows the commitment to big-time basketball here at SMU."

"The Crum Center is a first-class facility and a major addition to SMU athletics," said Rhonda Rompola, SMUís womenís basketball coach. "The facility shows SMUís commitment to both basketball programs and will help us to recruit the best players to the University."

The two practice courts allow for a more flexible practice schedule, which reduces class-scheduling conflicts for student-athletes. On-site strength training maximizes the efficiency of balancing team practices, meetings and workouts.

The facility also will house coachesí offices and conference facilities, coachesí locker rooms and film-editing rooms. The lower level connects to Moody Coliseum, where the Mustangs will continue to play their games, via a tunnel.

The Crum Center shares its lineage with the venerable Moody Coliseum, which also was designed by what is now HKS Sports and Entertainment Group, one of the worldís premier designers of sports facilities.

Artist's rendering of the Crum Basketball Center. Click for larger version.

A private university located in the heart of Dallas, SMU is building on the vision of its founders, who imagined a distinguished center for learning emerging from the spirit of the city. Today, 11,000 students benefit from the national opportunities and international reach afforded by the quality of SMUís seven degree-granting schools.

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