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Foster Stevens Basketball Complex Opens Doors

Two practice courts will enable the UTEP men's and women's basketball teams to practice at the same time.

Two practice courts will enable the UTEP men's and women's basketball teams to practice at the same time.

April 22, 2009

Foster Stevens Center Photo Gallery

UTEP's state-of-the-art Foster Stevens Basketball Complex, in the works for nearly three years, officially opened its doors on Wednesday.

UTEP athletic department donors and the media got their first look at the facility, and fans can tour the sparkling new building on Thursday from 5-7 p.m. Admission is free.

UTEP announced plans to build the $14.3 million, 43,000-square foot complex on June 15, 2006. Groundbreaking was held on Aug. 15, 2007.

The facility features two practice courts, a strength and conditioning center, sports medicine center, academic/film rooms, coaches' offices, locker rooms, equipment room and lounges for the UTEP men's and women's basketball programs.

The building is located on the corner of Mesa Street and Glory Road, adjacent to the Don Haskins Center.

For years, the UTEP men's and women's teams have been routinely displaced from the Haskins Center for practices due to concerts and other events in the arena, which has been in existence since 1977.

Now they won't have to compete with other activities - and themselves - for court time.

The entrance to the facility is a shrine to the 1966 Texas Western College national championship team, complete with a large mural depicting highlights from the season and other memorabilia on display.