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UNLV set for Mendenhall Center grand opening on Jan. 19


UNLV basketball coach Lon Kruger and players, from left, Karam Mashour, Justin Hawkins, Mike Moser and Carlos Lopez pose Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010, during a groundbreaking ceremony for the program’s UNLV Mendenhall Center.

Mendenhall Center to open

KSNV coverage of the scheduled opening of the Mendenhall Center, a new training facility for the UNLV basketball team.

The Rebel Room

Rebel Room — Midseason report

Las Vegas Sun reporter Taylor Bern and Ray Brewer talk about the UNLV basketball team at the halfway point of their season. At 16-2 overall, the No. 12 ranked Rebels have exceeded expectations. But, can they keep it going?

UNLV is putting the finishing touches on the $11.7 million Mendenhall Center, a state-of-the-art men's basketball training facility located in front of the Cox Pavilion. The grand opening is scheduled for Jan. 19, and the team may begin practicing in it sooner than that.

The university broke ground on the 38,000-square-foot facility in spring of 2010, with the majority of the funding coming from Las Vegas Paving Corp., and naming rights going to its CEO Bob Mendenhall. Not a single dollar of state money was used.

Specific details for the grand opening are still being worked out, but that university has announced that it's hosting "The Governor’s BBQ for the UNLV Rebels”, which is scheduled to take place the same day at Cox Pavilion beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $100 per person, which includes reception food, a BBQ dinner, and wine and beer compliments of Southern Wine & Spirits. The deadline to RSVP, which you can do here, is this Thursday, Jan. 12.

The guest list for that event includes Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, UNLV President Neal Smatresk, UNLV Director of Athletics Jim Livengood, Rebel head coaches and members of UNLV Athletics’ Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will be in attendance. Former Rebel guard current CBS Sports and NBA TV analyst Greg Anthony is scheduled to serve as the keynote speaker.

“We want this to be a different experience for our fans and supporters,” Livengood said. “It’s a very comfortable setting and we want to come together as one family and celebrate the special thing going on with this great university and UNLV Athletics. It’s definitely a great time to be a Rebel.”

The Mendenhall Center allows coach Dave Rice's team to stop shuffling their practices between three different locations and also gives the team more national credibility as Division I facilities continue to improve across the country.

Taylor Bern can be reached at 948-7844 or [email protected]. Follow Taylor on Twitter at twitter.com/taylorbern.

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  1. Yet another top-notch facility for the Runnin' Rebels! We're all for it. We only wish the football team had the same types of facilities...

  2. Is the facility exclusively for the men's team, or does the women's team get to practice there as well?

  3. @phillips, Title IX says it is for both.

  4. Not a single state dollar but a whole lot of that Federal Jobs $$ money since LVP has all of road projects that the tax payers are funding. At least UNLV's practice facility is split among all tax payers and not just Nevada.

  5. Title IX does not say that. How many women's games are held in the T&M?

  6. "...with the majority of the funding coming from Las Vegas Paving Corp.,..." And the rest of the funding came from? Will come from? Is scheduled to come from? 50.1% represents a majority so where is the additional 49.9% coming from?