UTEP's state-of-the art Foster Stevens Basketball Center, in the works for nearly three years, officially opened on Wednesday, April 22, 2009.
UTEP athletic department donors and the media got their first look at the facility, and more than 1,200 fans toured the sparkling new building the following day.
UTEP announced plans to build the $14.3 million, 43,000-square foot complex on June 15, 2006. Grounbreaking was held on Aug. 15, 2007.
Two lead gifts of $3 million each were pledged by Paul L. Foster and Jeff and Sharon Stevens towards the completion of the facility. Paul Foster is the President and CEO of Western Refining Inc., and Jeff Stevens is Executive Vice President of the company.
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.