Concordia University, Nebraska creates wrestling practice facility as P.E. Building is overhauled

A permanent wrestling practice room will occupy the area where the swimming pool had been

Architectural rendering of Concordia University, Nebraska's new wrestling practice facility
Architectural rendering of Concordia University, Nebraska's new wrestling practice facility
  • Architectural rendering of Concordia University, Nebraska's new wrestling practice facility
    Architectural rendering of Concordia University, Nebraska's new wrestling practice facility
    Architectural rendering of Concordia University, Nebraska's new wrestling practice facility
    Architectural rendering of Concordia University, Nebraska's new wrestling practice facility
Concordia University, Nebraska’s P.E. Building, forbear of the $24 million Walz Human Performance Complex dedicated in 2009, is undergoing major renovations this summer.

“We continually want to improve our facilities,” said Concordia Athletic Director Devin Smith.  “The steps we are taking this summer will help not only our teams, but the institution reach our full potential.”

Dedicated in 1960, the P.E. Building was the home to Concordia athletics for decades.  By early this fall, all locker rooms in the building will be gutted and updated. The lower level of the building has been reconfigured and will include areas for athletic equipment and athletic training. An updated weight room will be available for student athletes and the university community as a whole. New space for classrooms and offices will be completed later in the fall. 

One of the biggest changes to the building will be the addition of a wrestling practice facility.  Concordia’s wrestling program, revived in 2009, will no longer have to use the building’s old gym as the place to roll out its mats. A permanent wrestling practice room is scheduled to be completed later in the fall at the south end of the building, in the area where a swimming pool had been.

“This will provide our wrestling program with one of the best practice facilities in the NAIA,” said Smith. 

New Concordia wrestling head coach Dana Vote likewise sees the new facility as an asset for recruitment and future success.  “This facility shows that Concordia is investing in wrestling and will be the first stepping stone to competing for national team titles.”

More information about the renovations and how to contribute can be found on Concordia’s website at www.cune.edu/walz.

Concordia University, Nebraska, founded in 1894, is a fully accredited, coeducational university located in Seward, Neb. that currently serves over 2,200 students. Concordia offers more than 50 professional and liberal arts programs in an excellent academic and Christ-centered community that equips men and women for lives of learning, service and leadership in the church and world. For more information, visit www.cune.edu.