Conceptual rendering of exterior of wrestling training facility

The Iowa Board of Regents has formally approved the University of Northern Iowa’s intent to start planning for a new wrestling training facility. UNI has already unveiled conceptual renderings and can now begin evaluating how these designs could be scaled to the size and scope that fundraising efforts would permit. This building will be solely financed by private gifts. 

“Our wrestling program has been one of the most successful programs at the University of Northern Iowa,” said David Harris, director of UNI athletics. “In order to sustain that success, it’s necessary that we make a further investment in our present as well as our future.”

“It’s time we provide our wrestling coach offices that are appropriate for a Division I / Big XII program, so they can continue to recruit quality athletes and certainly to provide the type of facility our student-athletes need to match their motivation and performance,” said Michael Hager, UNI senior vice president for finance and operations.

In October, UNI announced that it would add a new training facility for the wrestling program to the Our Tomorrow fundraising campaign. To date, over $246 million has been raised over the course of a campaign set to run through UNI’s sesquicentennial in 2026 thanks to the generosity of over 27,000 individual donors.

You can make a donation and learn more information about funding the wrestling training facility and the Our Tomorrow campaign by visiting