Little Rock Athletics will host the grand opening of the Greg L. Hatcher Wrestling Center at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25. This public event will allow guests to view this new facility and meet UA Little Rock’s wrestling coach and team.
The facility provides a state-of-the-art home for the Trojan wrestling program and is considered to be one of the best in the nation. The wrestling center is over 16,000 square feet, featuring four wrestling mats comprising the interior. Coaches’ offices, locker rooms, a lounge for players, training room, and a weight room will all be housed in the facility.
“The Greg Hatcher Wrestling Center is one of a kind,” said head coach Neil Erisman. “It will be rivaled by none and envied by all. This is a direct reflection of who Mr. Hatcher is and what this program is. We are forever grateful for Greg and his contribution to our program and wrestling as a whole.”
The Hatcher Wrestling Center will also feature a pair of outdoor patio areas, which will be utilized by the campus community, giving a place for students, faculty and staff to meet and socialize. The facility is adjacent to the Donaghey Athletic Center on the south end of campus, a space where the old tennis courts were located.
The following night, Greg and Lee Hatcher will be honored at this year’s SpectacUALR on Thursday, Sept. 26, the annual event benefiting all Little Rock student-athletes. For table and sponsorship information, contact Tyson Baldwin at 501-350-4653 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are still available here.
Little Rock is one of the nation’s newest Division I wrestling programs and the only one in the state of Arkansas. The Trojans, who will compete in the Pac 12 Conference, will begin their inaugural season in November with the full schedule expected to be announced in the coming weeks. Season tickets for the historic first Trojan wrestling season are available by contacting Seth Jones at (501) 569-3393. Limited matside seats are still available as well.