In October 1998, Illinois moved into the state-of-the-art Richard T. Ubben Basketball Complex, the finest building of its kind in the country, on the campus of the University of Illinois. This $5.5 million dollar facility, designed by the Urbana architectural firm Isaksen-Glerum Associates, is a direct result of the university's commitment to excellence in athletics.
The two-story brick and stone structure is designed to blend with nearby sports facilities, including the Bielfeldt Athletic Administration Building and the Atkins Tennis Center. All of the new athletic facilities are built around an east-west axis that will form a new quad. The building is built into a slope, with a first floor main entrance facing north and a second-floor entrance to the south. The building faces a pedestrian walkway linking Bielfeldt with the baseball, soccer and track facilities and the tennis center.
The 40,000-square-foot facility is home to everything the players need to make it through the day. Each player is assigned a locker in their team's locker room which is adjacent to their team's player lounge, complete with a big screen television, and video room. After classes, players can spend time studying in one of the study areas or conference rooms adjacent to the coaches' offices, or by using the computers in their team's video room.
When it's time to get taped before practice, the players just walk across the hall to the fully equipped, state-of-the-art training room located between the men's and women's practice courts. When any player needs to work on their strength and conditioning they have their choice of free weights, Nautilus equipment, treadmills and a Stairmaster in the weight room located just south of the training room between the two courts.