On April 4, 2022, Wisconsin Athletics broke ground on a $40 million, 42,000 square foot expansion to the southwest end of the Kohl Center. The anticipated completion is set for the 2024 fall semester.
Wisconsin Athletics is committed to maintaining and enhancing our athletic department as one of the finest intercollegiate athletic programs in the country by providing the necessary resources for student–athletes to achieve success athletically, academically, and socially. Facilities play a major role in recruiting, training, and educating student–athletes while remaining competitive with other peer institutions.
This much–needed project will enhance amenities for our student–athletes, coaches and support staff:
- Strength and Conditioning Center
- Performance Nutrition Center
- Sports Medicine Center
- Expanded dining hall and food services for student-athletes
- Student-Athlete Academic Center
- Men’s and Women’s Basketball locker room improvements
- Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball and Men’s Hockey coaches’ offices
- Men’s and Women’s Tennis locker rooms
- Courtside Club area on the event level for donor hospitality
The Kohl Center has held up as one of the finest and most recognizable on–campus facilities in all of collegiate athletics. Opened in 1998, the Kohl Center welcomes nearly 1 million visitors per year for Badger home games, concerts, campus celebrations and community events.
Philanthropic Support Is Needed
Private support in the form of $25 million in project–specific gifts are needed to fully fund the Kohl Center Expansion. Currently, $23 million in gifts from over 100 generous donors have been committed towards this shared goal.
All gifts to this project are 100% tax deductible and commitments can be pledged over multiple years. Individual donor recognition opportunities are available and Wisconsin Athletics will recognize all donors who give $25,000+ on a Donor Wall of Honor located at the facility upon completion. To learn more about giving, please contact Athletic Development office at (608) 262–1000 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Hear From UW Coaches
"To have a facility like the Kohl Center already and to be enhancing it in this way
is huge for recruiting. We had a great year last year with signees, and this will
only aid those efforts to bring top talent that fits our program. I know our guys
are excited about the future."
— Greg Gard, Head Coach, Men's Basketball
"The Kohl Center Expansion project will provide a first–class facility and amenities
that will enhance our current and future Badgers experiences during their time in
Madison. I cannot wait to call this state–of–the–art space
— Marisa Moseley, Head Coach, Women's Basketball
"Coming off a Big Ten Championship in 2020 and with the continued growth of our program,
the timing could not be better. The players see the commitment to their experience,
their education, and training, and it’s paying off."
— Tony Granato, Head Coach, Men's Hockey
"The facility upgrades will be very impactful. We're at the top of our game,
and it will help keep us there. Our players know how special LaBahn is and
the atmosphere we have there. The new facilities will build on
— Mark Johnson, Head Coach, Women's Hockey
The Kohl Matching
Senator Herb Kohl has generously contributed $5 million to create a 1:1 matching gift opportunity for those wishing to support this project and double their impact on Badger student-athletes. This effort has helped Wisconsin Athletics successfully raise $23 million towards the $25 million project goal.
For more information on this program and how to receive enhanced benefits as a donor to Wisconsin Athletics, please contact Athletic Development office at (608) 262–1000 or email@example.com.