July 24, 2014
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - As a part of the overall upgrade of the Cadet Gymnasium, renovations continue at the Cadet West Gym - home of the Air Force men's and women's gymnastics teams. When completed, the Falcons will have over 25,000-square feet of training space in one facility.
"The athletes and coaching staff are thrilled with the progress of our new training and competition home," men's head coach Kip Simons said. "This will be a state-of the facility that will rival any in the country. With all the bells and whistles in place, we will be able to safely train our athletes at the highest level required in Division I athletics."
The northern half of the facility will feature a state-of-the-art training space that includes a two-story structure that will eliminate the need of the old secondary, auxiliary gym. The lower level will feature new locker rooms and storage spaces, as well as the base of several training pits. The upper level will include vaulting runways, spring floor strips, a 16x16 resi-pit, a loose foam pit, a trench/canyon pit and a trampoline. The floor of the northern half will also house additional event apparatus for practices.
The other half of the gym will be the competition area and a divider will be able to close off the training area during home meets. Bleachers will flank the south and west ends of the facility, with an additional entrance into the gym being built in the southwest corner. The new venue will also feature a new scoreboard.
Construction is set to be finished at the end of the year, with the Falcons moving into their new home prior to the start of the 2015 competitive season.