Over the past 45 years, the Tippin Gymnasium has hosted many collegiate and high school sporting events, as well as other events such as rock concerts. The deterioration of the building and the need for more space led to the decision to renovate and expand it.
Requiring 17 months to complete the renovation and expansion, the new 156,000-square-foot Tippin Gymnasium includes a renovation of the natatorium, as well as the addition of a new combination swimming and diving pool. Also included were expanded areas for wrestling, a new weight room, new locker rooms, new restrooms and a new auxiliary gymnasium. Additionally, the HVAC system was replaced and the lighting system was upgraded with new LED fixtures.
Along with the new and renovated venues for basketball, swimming and diving, wrestling and weightlifting in the Tippin Gymnasium, there are areas designed for dance and yoga, plus state-of-the-art classrooms and an athletic training center. The renovations also serve to enhance the presence of the building and the health and wellness programs on campus. The result is a state-of-the-art facility that is a hub for on-campus fitness and recreation, as well as a recruitment tool to attract future students and student-athletes to the university.