The hub of Miami's athletic facilities, the $5 million Walter L. Gross Jr. Family Student-Athlete Development Center was dedicated in the fall of 2001.

This facility, which is located between Millett Hall and Yager Stadium, caters to both the academic and physical needs of Miami's student-athletes. One half of the facility is dedicated for an 10,000-square foot physical fitness center, which includes free and machine weights, a circuit training machine, cardiovascular equipment, and speed, agility and jump training facilities.

The other portion of the center is devoted to academic enrichment. The center features two large study areas, an informal study lounge, private tutoring offices and a computer lab.

"Miami's athletics' program has always prided itself with a strong commitment to both athletics and academics," says Steve Cady, associate athletic director and chair of the project design team. "This facility epitomizes our philosophy. It is an unbelievable addition to our facilities."

Separating the academic and physical fitness centers is a main lobby and reception area, which features a rotunda that dominates the reception lobby ceiling. Miami's rich athletic tradition, headlined by the "Cradle of Coaches," will be highlighted on the rotunda.

The facility opened its doors to student-athletes during the summer of 2001 and had a Grand Opening Gala later that year during a football weekend.