HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The University of Hawaii athletics facilities have been upgraded in a big way.
The athletics department held a blessing and celebration for completed renovations to the Les Murakami Stadium baseball clubhouse and Gym 2 – the basketball practice facility adjacent to the Stan Sheriff Center -- earlier this morning.
"We've gone from something we didn't even want to show recruits to something now that we can be proud of,” said Warrior baseball head coach Mike Trapasso. “And our kids deserve this..so we have a lot of people to thank for this.”
This is the first renovation to the home team locker room at Les Murakami Stadium since the facility opened in 1984. The revamped clubhouse features spacious lockers with individualized nameplates, new carpet and signage.
"Now more than ever, high-level facilities are one of the most important aspects to success in recruiting and in competition, as well as meeting the University's academic and student life needs," UH athletics director David Matlin said. "We feel the upgraded facilities keep us competitive on the national level and are really a game-changer for our baseball team as well as our men's and women's basketball programs.”
Gym 2 also received its first major renovation since being built in 1981. The practice facility for both men's and women's basketball is now fully equipped with new flooring, lights, scoreboards, a sound system, air conditioning and eight goals.
"We had some safety issues in here with the condensation on the floor and we didn't have climate control,” said Wahine basketball head coach Laura Beeman. “We didn't have the bright lights so now you can walk a recruit in here and say 'Look this is how we practice and this is a championship mentality.”
The renovations to the athletics facilities don’t end here, however.
Upgrades to Gym 1 are expected to be completed this summer, according to the athletics department.