Incarnati Athletic Center – Facilities

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More than 300 alumni, donors and guests joined staff from the Eastern Michigan University Department of Athletics and campus administration to usher in a new era in EMU athletics with the grand opening of the Incarnati Athletic Center, Aug. 27, 2019. In use by student-athletes since mid-July, the event welcomed members of the public to the new facility for the first time. The facility was renamed in 2023 from the Student-Athlete Performance Center in recognition of EMU Regent Emeritus Phil Incarnati.

The first major construction project on the athletics campus since the opening of the Convocation Center in 1998, the Student Athlete Performance Center is the first phase of the athletic department’s plan to build a safe and highly-effective atmosphere for its student-athletes through the continual revitalization of its facilities and athletic campus.

Breaking ground in the fall of 2018, the new sports medicine and training facilities provides a 63,000 square foot structure that houses the sports medicine, performance and equipment operations areas. Additionally, the facility has locker rooms, coaches’ offices, and meeting spaces for the football team, while also including a new video board inside Rynearson Stadium. Designed to enhance the student-athlete and fan experience at Eastern Michigan, the two story building offers a wide variety of operational spaces and amenities which allow for that goal to be met.

When entering the building, students and guests first walk along a beautiful 18-foot by 16-foot Block E brick hardscape in which donors shared their EMU stories and support of the project. Through the main entrance is the Clouse Family Atrium, a 1,288 square foot welcome room that displays the championship success of Eastern Michigan athletics throughout its history. The atrium also features a floor-to-ceiling glass panel entrance to Rynearson Stadium, and a 12 foot tall replica Mid-American Conference championship trophy. The trophy, which boasts a large “147,” across the front, showcases EMU’s athletics success in the MAC, including its conference-best 147 team championships.

The east side of the main-floor houses a new equipment room, which includes offices, a full-service laundry facility, and extensive storage spaces for athletic apparel and uniforms, as well as a state of the art strength and conditioning center. Dubbed “T.J.’s Garage,” in honor of EMU great and former NFL Pro-Bowler T.J. Lang, the Thomas J. Lang Strength and Conditioning Center, named after T.J.’s late father, provides 7,000-plus square foot performance center, which includes inlaid weight tracks, cardio training, plyometic training, and a nutrition center. Two roll up garage doors serve as the football team’s entrance into “The Factory,” at Rynearson Stadium.

Next to the locker room are eight team meeting rooms which house different position groups individually. The area also includes a full-team meeting room equipped with state-of-the-art audio-video equipment, “Block E,” branded seating, and a theatre design, which allows the entire team to see and hear clearly.

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