Iowa State University officially dedicated its $20.6 million addition to the Bergstrom Football Complex on Oct. 26, 2012. The lead donors for the project were Steve and Debbie Bergstrom of The Woodlands, Texas.
Their support for Iowa State was affirmed by Director of Athletics Jamie Pollard in a ceremony in the Steve and Patty McDonnell Auditorium in the 60,000 square-foot addition.
Pollard thanked all the donors who made the football-only facility a reality.
The Bergstroms spoke briefly about their contribution to making the state-of-the-art facility possible.
“Debbie and I know how important facilities are to recruiting and when Jamie Pollard came to me about the football training center, we obviously saw a need for it,” Steve Bergstrom said.
Iowa State President Dr. Steven Leath stressed the importance of top-notch facilities and expressed his support of the project and of dedicating the building on Homecoming “Cytennial” weekend.
“The now-completed Bergstrom Football Complex stands as a proud symbol of the commitment to excellence in intercollegiate athletics at Iowa State University,” President Leath said. “More importantly, it makes a huge statement about how much this university and our national family of Cyclone fans appreciate all that Iowa State student-athletes, coaches and everyone in the Athletics Department has accomplished for this university.”
Substance Architecture was the firm that designed the facility. The Weitz Company was the general contractor. Both are based in Des Moines.
BERGSTROM INDOOR PRACTICE FIELD PLAYING SURFACE
The $10 million Steve and Debbie Bergstrom Indoor Training Facility opened for football practice in March 2004. The 92,000-square-foot building was constructed over the existing turf practice field as a part of the Johnny Majors Practice Complex west of Jack Trice Stadium. Funding for this project was from private gifts to the athletic department and ISU Foundation.
The facility provides a perfect year-round indoor practice facility for football, softball and soccer that allows ISU athletics teams to practice indoors when weather does not permit.
The Bergstrom Indoor Practice facility is part of the Johnny Majors Practice Complex that includes groomed outdoor natural grass fields that allow for easy transition from indoor to outdoor workouts.
It has a full-length football field and includes a kicking net and video tower for the Iowa State video staff to review practice film.
Soccer and softball use the facility to conduct practices, camps and other activities when the need presents itself to go indoors.
The facility also is home to the annual Cyclone FanFest, a summer celebration for all families that features autograph signing, sport instruction and inflatable games.
DIRECTIONS TO BERGSTROM FOOTBALL COMPLEX
From US Highway 30, take the University Boulevard Exit (exit 146) and turn right off the exit. Follow University Boulevard around to Jack Trice Stadium. Take a left on South 4th street. It will be on your left.