Iowa Wrestling Facility Request

The University of Iowa will request approval of schematic design, project description and budget for a new Wrestling Training Facility at the February 23 Board of Regents meeting. If approved, the UI would construct a 38,500 square foot wrestling facility south of Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

The new building would house UI’s storied men’s wrestling program and new women’s wrestling program. The $26,500,000 project, funded entirely through athletics department gifts, will include locker rooms, a wrestling practice room, strength and conditioning space, training and therapy rooms and wrestling operation offices. Additionally, the wrestling facility would connect to Carver-Hawkeye Arena via an underground tunnel for wrestling matches and events. 

The proposed facility will allow the university to continue its tradition of hosting the world’s top senior level and international wrestling events, including the U.S. Olympic Trials and the United World Wrestling Cup, which attract tens of thousands of wrestling fans to Iowa City and delivers a multi-million dollar economic impact to the community and the state of Iowa.

Completion of this project would provide University of Iowa Athletics with a modern, high-quality and sufficiently sized facility to support their nationally recognized wrestling program. As the quality of space directly influences the success of the program, the planned space would provide the needed resources to be a national leader in men’s and women’s wrestling, and would strengthen recruiting activities, donor cultivation and alumni events.