Hoop dreams: University of Washington’s $60 million basketball practice facility preps to break ground

After several years of planning and donations, the training facility is expected to debut during fall quarter in August 2025 — go, Huskies.

A rendering of a white building with a big, purple "W" on the exterior that will be the home of a future basketball training facility at University of Washington; there are people walking and bicycling out front. You can also see the existing arena to the left of the building, as the facilities will be connected.

The vision for UW’s future basketball training facility.

Rendering via Gensler for University of Washington

Score, University of Washington. A $60 million basketball practice facility funded entirely by donors — including $1 million donated by former UW basketball players — will break ground this June.

The university’s hoop dreams were first announced in November 2021. The facility will be built at the former site of the Pavilion Pool east of the Alaska Airlines Arena; pool demolition is set to begin this May.

When the training facility debuts in August 2025, it’ll feature these bells + whistles:

  • Two 9,800-sqft practice courts — open to players 24/7 — designed to create equitable spaces for approximately 500 student athletes in the men’s and women’s programs to thrive.
  • A “skywalk” above the courts where fans, families, and recruits can watch practices.
  • New internal connections between Alaska Airlines Arena and Graves Annex Strength and Conditioning.
  • A conference room, student gathering plaza, and improved circulation to handle those big game day crowds.

We’re following this one closely — go, Huskies.

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