St. Joe’s Reimagines Athletic Complex with $20M Donation
The $55-million fundraising campaign was launched with a $20 million leadership gift from alumnus, James J. Maguire ’58, who will continue to champion the remainder of philanthropic efforts.“This amazing facility will move as fast as we can raise the funds, and we are looking to the legions of passionate Hawks who care so much about St. Joe’s basketball to get behind us. By getting involved in this effort, fans, friends and die-hard Hawks can help build the next chapter of St. Joe’s athletics incredible legacy,” said Maguire. “There are numerous opportunities to make an impact on, and even lend your name to, this facility that will do so much to drive our winning culture at St. Joe’s.”
The 27,000 square foot basketball practice facility will house the Saint Joseph’s men’s and women’s basketball programs, with dedicated space for each team. This facility will serve as the foundation of the recruitment process, holistic student-athlete development and retention, and multidimensional programmatic success. In addition to the practice courts, the men’s and women’s basketball programs will have sport-specific strength and conditioning suites, sports medicine facilities, and additional training spaces for their respective programs.
“The new facilities will provide an all-encompassing and enhanced foundation for our student-athletes to compete for championships on the court, represent St. Joe’s with spirit and pride on campus and in the community, and grow as individuals,” said Women’s Basketball Head Coach Cindy Griffin ’91, M ’93.
The 19,000 square foot indoor turf training facility will benefit all 20 of Saint Joseph’s Division I programs by creating an indoor space for the Hawks to train and practice year-round. Accompanying this facility are new locker rooms and lounges that will provide vital gathering spaces to build community and culture among teams, along with touchdown spaces for programs that use the Lower Merion side of campus when they are accessing the key sports performance offerings in the Athletics Complex. Also, the indoor training facility plans include the creation of a new erg room that will level up the men’s and women’s rowing training space for nearly 100 St. Joe’s student-athletes.
In addition to the training and practice facilities, the reimagined Athletics Complex will provide a new 9,000 square foot weight room with a cardio mezzanine and a dedicated sports medicine center that includes an athletic training room, physical therapy gym, private exam spaces, and nutritionist’s office. Affirming Saint Joseph’s cura personalis approach to student formation, a private, spacious office for mental health care will offer support for student-athletes.
“Having an indoor facility to practice and train year-round gives our student-athletes the best opportunity to reach our full potential on and off the field,” said Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach Taylor Wray.
“An indoor practice facility is a game-changer for our student-athletes and gives them an untapped opportunity to improve in and out of season,” said Women’s Soccer Head Coach Jess Mannella. “Recruits and their families will see first-hand the support from University and athletics leadership with this new athletics complex and the offerings for an incredibly positive student-athlete experience on Hawk Hill.”
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A new facade will visually integrate the athletics complex with the campus aesthetics, reflecting the historic stone of Barbelin Hall, and serving as a new grand entrance for all Hawks coming to play, work, support, or visit. The reimagined space will provide an enhanced gameday experience, multiple locations for on-campus connection, and outdoor gathering spaces that create engagement of all Saint Joseph’s students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends, neighbors, and fans.
“The Athletics Complex is a cultivating project that fosters connections with all who share a passion for Saint Joseph’s,” said Bodensteiner.
Learn more about the University’s campus master plan at sju.edu/masterplan.