ALAN & GLORIA RICE WRESTLING CENTER
The Alan and Gloria Rice Wrestling Center features three full-size and two half-size mats, providing adequate space for the entire Augsburg wrestling team to practice comfortably. The facility is one of the largest among not only NCAA Division III wrestling programs, but even among those in upper divisions of the NCAA and NAIA. Fitness equipment and a TV/DVD system are also in the facility.
Each of the full-size mats also has a Daktronics scoreboard, enabling the facility to also be used a competition space. Matches of the Auggie-Brute-Adidas Open are held in the facility, and the space is rented often by youth and amateur wrestling programs.
The facility is named for Alan Rice, a National Wrestling Hall of Fame member and Minnesota native, who gave a $1 million gift in memory of his wife, Gloria, who passed away in 2001. Rice has spent a lifetime involved in competing, coaching and promoting amateur wrestling. He was a two-time high school state champion, two-time Big Ten champion and an All-American at Minnesota, and competed for more than a decade at the Olympic level. He coached the U.S. Greco-Roman wrestling team at the 1972 Munich Olympics. Alan and Gloria formed the Minnesota Amateur Wrestling Club in 1966, which has become one of the most prominent in the country in developing Olympic-level wrestlers.
Along the north wall of the facility are photos of Augsburg's All-Americans, celebrating the rich history of the most dominant program in all of small-college wrestling.
HOYT MESSERER FITNESS CENTER
In the lower level of the Kennedy Center is the James Haglund Family Fitness and Recreation Center, a space that is devoted to the fitness and wellness of the Augsburg community. With the opening of the facility, Augsburg's fitness and training space was doubled, including the renovations to the Hoyt Messerer Fitness Center. The two fitness facilities are adjacent to each other on the lower level of the Si Melby Hall/Kennedy Center complex.
The James Haglund Family Fitness and Recreation Center is designed as a compliment to the Hoyt Messerer Fitness Center. While the Messerer complex is now primarily geared towards free weights and weight training, the Haglund complex is primarily geared towards aerobic and fitness training.
The Haglund fitness complex features numerous treadmills, stairmasters and exercise bikes. Some of the fitness training machines have personal television screens, enabling users to be entertained while they exercise. Two flat-screen TVs are also available for users to watch.
The complex also features several Precor fitness and weight-training machines, designed for ease of use by the general public. There are also free weights available for use in the Haglund complex.
The fitness facilities are open and free for use by all Augsburg students, faculty, staff and alumni.