One of the top priorities in the Notre Dame Athletic Master Plan was a new practice facility for men’s and women’s basketball. The new Smith Center for Recreational Sports was already being built, which created an option to convert the existing student recreation center to a practice facility.
The Rolfs Sports Recreation Center was converted entirely to athletics’ use, and specifically dedicated to both varsity basketball programs, with all the support functions in one location. This created the largest basketball-only practice facility in the NCAA.
The Rolfs Athletics Hall entry level features video rooms, team lounges and locker rooms, views into both practice gyms, locker areas for coaching and support staffs, and locker spaces for basketball alumni, practice players, and other guests. The lower level includes a nutrition bar, a sports medicine facility with hydrotherapy, a strength and conditioning center and two separate practice gyms. The upper level includes a shared reception area, office suites for each program, two conference rooms that look the practice courts, and a spectator viewing area.
The material palette is inspired by the university colors and legacy. Large format tile floor creates a clean, crisp palette for branding and furniture. There are slight variations in selections between the men’s and women’s programs to create a unique identity and experience.
These facilities host endless collaborative learning opportunities for current and past players, while celebrating the sport of basketball for both male and female athletes and fans.