PAUL WRIGHT GYM
Built in 1951 and renovated several times since, Paul Wright Gym boasts a capacity of 1,800 spectators. At 7,723 feet above sea level, the facility is the highest collegiate gym in the world.
In 1960, the current swimming pool was added to the facility. In 1965, the wrestling room was added on the east side to help support the back-to-back college division national championship teams of 1963 and 1964.
In 1998, a major 40,000 square foot renovation was completed that added a 2,500 square foot weight room and a locker facility for visiting teams and the Western State student body. Along with the south addition, six classrooms were included that allowed the Recreation and Exercise Science Department to conduct all its classes in one building.
During the 1998 renovation, the Mountaineer Sports Hall of Fame Room was completed with meeting facilities and trophy cases.
In 2008, a new gym floor and retractable baskets were installed. New bleachers were installed in 2005.
The building is named after Paul W. Wright, who spent 38 years as a professor, coach and administrator at Western State College. He also served as judge and mayor in Gunnison and was instrumental in establishing skiing as an NCAA sport.
MOUNTAINEER FIELD HOUSE
Students at Western Colorado University approved a referendum for a new facility fee, which funded new construction at the University, as well as provided money for deferred maintenance and financial aid. Included in the project was the construction of a new $32 million Mountaineer Field House, which included a six-lane, 200-meter track.
Mountaineer Field House opened on March 28, 2014 and features a 65,000 square-foot field house (with trussesas wide as the wingspan of aBoeing 777).Also included in the Field House were new offices and meeting rooms for the Mountaineer Football team. These state-of-the-art offices and meeting rooms look out over the Field House on the north side of the facility.Other Athletic Department offices, including the Western track and field and cross country coaching offices are located on the northern side of the Field House.
Other features of the Mountaineer Field House include:
- A high-tech surface, indoor NCAA track (the highest in America)
- Three basketball courts
- Three group fitness rooms
- Three multi-purpose courts
- Three volleyball courts
- A 43.5-foot climbing wall with 3,114 square feet of climbing space (designed by EntrePrises)
- A 6,038-square-foot Athletic Weight Room
- A 5,844-square-foot Fitness Center
- An in-ground trampoline and foam pit (for free ski training, play and more!)
- A batting- and golf-practice cage
- A hot tub and pool locker room renovation
- A new High-Altitude Performance Lab and Wellness Center with classroom