Completed in the fall of 2008, the new Northern Illinois Wrestling Training Complex features everything a student-athlete needs to reach the highest levels on and off the mat.
The heart of the training complex is the NIU Wrestling Room. Located within the east grandstands of historic Huskie Stadium, the new room measures over 6,000 square feet. The spacious area easily accommodates the entire team, with enough room for warm-ups, drills, and intrasquad competitions. Brand new floor and wall mats add to an already first-class space, which also includes a cardiovascular training area to help student-athletes stay sharp with their conditioning. The Huskie Wrestling locker and equipment rooms are also located within Huskie Stadium for convenient day-to-day access.
Just steps from the NIU Wrestling Room is the Jeffrey and Kimberly Yordon Center, which houses three key parts of the Wrestling Training Complex: the weight room, the training room, and the academic center.
Strength on the mat starts with hard work in the weight room. For the Huskies, lifting is no chore in the 12,500 square-foot Yordon Center Weight Room. One of the largest and best-equipped in the nation, it features 28 free weight stations and numerous cardiovascular areas, as well as a 40-yard sprint track. NIU’s professional strength and conditioning coaches avoid scheduling conflicts while allowing space for warm-ups, plyometric exercises and speed and agility activities. The spacious area features new equipment with a variety and multitude of machines.
Down the hall from the strength and conditioning center is the George and Frances Wilkins Academic Support Center, where Huskie wrestlers study in a 24-station computer lab, meet with academic coordinators, and plan for graduation. The heart of the 62,000-square foot facility features one-on-one tutorial rooms, a group study room and a fully-equipped computer lab, as well as offices for the counselors of the Student-Athlete Academic Support Services (SAASS). This area brings the staff of SAASS into more direct daily contact with NIU’s student-athletes.
Also located in the Yordon Center is the Huskies’ Athletic Training Center. With a multitude of training tables, a rehabilitation pool, x-ray machine and its own doctor’s office, it is another in a long line of first-class facilities available to NIU wrestlers.
Long hours spent in the NIU Wrestling Room and Yordon Center drilling and lifting, studying and staying healthy, all lead to competition in one of the finest wrestling venues in the country. Huskie wrestling meets are held at the Northern Illinois Convocation Center, a $40-milliion dollar arena completed in 2002.
Each year, the Huskies host the annual “Showcase Meet” in the 9,000-seat main bowl of the arena, with starting line-ups introduced on the Convocation Center’s four video boards, and bouts held on a raised platform stage, similar to the finals of the NCAA Championships.
For smaller meets, the Huskies compete at Victor E. Court, also located in the Convocation Center. The gym has seating for nearly 1,000 spectators in an intimate setting that puts fans right on top of the action.
From the brand new NIU Wrestling Room, to the splendor of the Yordon Center, and adrenaline-pumping action at the Convocation Center, the home of Huskie Wrestling is first class all the way.