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Cornell University

Friedman Wrestling Center Renovation and Addition

Project Description

The Friedman Wrestling Center, completed in 2002, is the nation’s only stand-alone facility devoted entirely to collegiate wrestling. Cornell’s wrestling program has won 16 consecutive Ivy League titles and graduated six national champions since 2010. Named for alumnus Stephen Friedman and Trustee Barbara Benioff Friedman, the 16,000 gross sq. ft. building features a 900-seat arena, a student lounge, and locker/training rooms.

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Ithaca, NY

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Design Features

The renovation and addition increases the facility’s ability to meet the growing needs of the program. Spaces in the addition include updated and expanded locker rooms, a wrestling practice training area with three permanent training mats, and a relocated weight lifting room. The entrance vestibule now includes ticket sales, a concession stand, and a Hall of Fame/Memorial area. A film room allows seating for 36 to review matches. The scope of work also included office space for coaches as well as an expanded study room with access to the kitchenette.