Aug. 20, 2004
Stanford, Calif. - The Stanford Gymnastics Program recently began construction on their training facility, located in the Ford Center on the Stanford campus. At a projected cost of $250,000, the renovation is expected to give a dramatic facelift to the workout area and provide the men's and women's gymnastics teams with one of the top training facilities in the collegiate ranks.
The 11,000 square foot state of the art Ford Center will add a new tumble track, an in-ground trampoline, an open foam pit for the uneven bars and a new resi pit for bar landings. The project will be capped off with new paint and brand new carpeting. The project is scheduled for completion in early September, in time for the student-athletes to return and begin working out in their new facility.
"We are making some exciting upgrades to our already impressive facility. We have envisioned these upgrades for over three years and are thrilled to provide such an outstanding training facility for our student-athletes. This renovation would not have been possible without the generosity of two donors. On behalf of the staff, and the team, we thank you for helping make this dream a reality," said women's head coach Kristen Smyth. "Last season's record-breaking performances were a huge step for Stanford Gymnastics and with the incredible talent of our incoming freshman class the future of this program is extremely bright."
The Stanford women's gymnastics team is coming off the most exciting season in program history, as the Cardinal earned Pac-10 and NCAA regional titles and advanced to the Super Six, where they tied for a program-best third place with Alabama. Smyth was named the NACGC Coach of the Year and the squad garnered 15 All-American honors. The men's gymnastics team also had a strong season, as the team advanced the NCAA Championships. Senior All-American Dan Gill was named as the recipient of the Nissen-Emery Award, the highest individual honor in men's collegiate gymnastics.