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History of Half Acre Gym|Campus Recreation

Historic Half Acre Gym photo

"Man is of Soul and Body, Formed for Deeds of High Resolve".  Thus reads the inscription above the west entrance to the University of Wyoming's iconic Half Acre Gym.  Originally dedicated in 1925, this historic structure has long served as the eastern anchor of the main campus in Laramie.  It was host to men's and women's athletics programs from 1925-1955, including Cowboy Basketball's "glory years" and that famed 1943 National Title team.  Under the roof at Half Acre, the Cowboys posted a record of 222 wins and 44 losses.  It also served as the home of the school's first Student Health center, Dance department, and fulfilled the multitude of physical education needs of the students, faculty and staff of a growing land grant university. 

Although the Athletics Department has moved on to other venues, Half Acre has continued to serve the needs of students, faculty and staff alike in other capacities.  In an attempt to stay current, the University has commissioned major renovation/addition projects over the years, but now many of those features too have aged.  With the remodel and addition to Half Acre Gym, this historic monument on campus will once again be a source of pride for the University of Wyoming.  Half Acre is more than a gym-it has a rightful place as a significant contributor to campus life and the future success of UW.

Half Acre, More Than a Gym

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