#WPUStrength: Premier Athletic Training Facility Opens on Campus

April 25, 2017

The WPU community is enjoying a new state-of-the-art athletic training facility on campus. The Pacer Performance Center houses a fully loaded CrossFit space and brand new Rogue fitness equipment, including power racks, kettle bells, weight sleds, row machines, and much more. The facility officially opened on Friday, April 7, and is the latest campus renovation aimed at improving the student experience. The University recently announced other projects, including a new 24-hour student hub located above Belk Dining Hall.

The new Pacer Performance Center is adjacent to the softball field, and serves as the primary strength and conditioning center for WPU student-athletes. It is available to the WPU community throughout the week with open times available in the afternoons and evenings.

The unique design of the space allows it to be utilized in a number of different ways depending on your workout. For example, the facility features a 20-yard, two-lane turf track that can be used for strength and agility training. The space has immediately enhanced athletic and fitness facilities, and has provided student-athletes, as well as the WPU community, with an improved workout and wellness experience.

“We are so excited to continue to enhance the quality of the student experience here at William Peace University. The Pacer Performance Center gives our students access to a high-quality and progressive workout space where they can enhance their physical fitness as well as build community.”

Dr. Brian C. Ralph, President of William Peace University

“Our student-athletes and the campus community now have one of the most modern health and wellness facilities in Division III,” said Phil Rowe, Director of Athletics. “Pacer Nation has quickly been working with our strength and conditioning coaches to prepare for their short-term and long-term fitness needs. This is exactly what the doctor ordered in regards to Pacer Athletics having the tools to take our athletic programs to the next level.”

“I feel like the new facility, as well as the training provided by the coaches, is going to help drive WPU Athletics to the top of the USA South Conference,” said Junior Ryan Appleyard, a midfielder for the Men’s Soccer Team. “I’m happy to be a part of this process and to see the progress I make as a result of the new performance center.”

A ribbon-cutting ceremony, which included a “ceremonial lift” and a tour of the facility, was held earlier this month to celebrate the opening of the Pacer Performance Center. Click here to see the photos.

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See the Performance Center Grand Opening