Basketball Scores New Facility
The new facility for the men’s and women’s programs is under construction behind Moody Coliseum (see map). The map also shows the location of a new parking garage under construction on Binkley and the site of future outdoor tennis courts.
SMU broke ground in December on the Crum Basketball Center, a state-of-the-art facility for the men’s and women’s basketball programs scheduled to open in October 2007. The Center is made possible by a leadership gift of $6 million from Sylvie P. and Gary T. Crum (’69), an SMU trustee. “The SMU Basketball Center will allow us to attract and develop the very best student athletes from across the country and help return Mustang basketball to national prominence,” says Matt Doherty, men’s head basketball coach. The $13-million 43,000-square-foot center at SMU Boulevard and Dublin Street will include two full-size practice courts, players’ locker rooms and lounges, a training and rehabilitation room with in-ground hydrotherapy pools, a strength and condition room, coaches’ offices and film editing rooms. A tunnel will link the center to Moody Coliseum. “In athletics, we are nationally ranked in several sports, but in basketball and football we are not there yet. First-rate facilities are necessary for progress,” Crum says.