Augsburg College Wrestling Facility
(ALAN & GLORIA RICE WRESTLING CENTER)
The Alan and Gloria Rice Wrestling Center is located on the southend of the main level in the Kennedy Center on the Augsburg College campus. The address for the Kennedy Center is:
715 23rd Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55454
HOW TO GET TO AUGSBURG COLLEGE
-Augsburg College is located in the West Bank/Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis, adjacent to the intersection of Interstate 94 and Interstate 35W. Main parking lot for Augsburg athletic facilities is Lot L (see campus map by clicking here).
-To get to Augsburg from I-94 Eastbound (from downtown Minneapolis, St. Cloud, Fargo-Moorhead): Take 25th Avenue/Riverside Avenue exit (Exit 235A). Take a left onto 25th Avenue. Parking Lot L entrance is off of 25th Avenue just before Riverside Avenue (diagonal street). To access rest of campus, take a left at Riverside Avenue (diagonal street) and take a left at 23rd Avenue South.
-To get to Augsburg from I-94 Westbound (from St. Paul, Hudson, Eau Claire): Take 25th Avenue/Riverside Avenue exit (Exit 235A). Take a right onto Riverside Avenue (diagonal street). To access Parking Lot L, take a left onto 25th Avenue and immediate right into Lot L. To access rest of campus, take a left at 23rd Avenue South.
-To get to Augsburg from I-35W Southbound (from Roseville, Duluth): Take Washington Avenue exit (Exit 17C). Turn left onto South Washington Avenue. Street will curve to the right at Seven Corners area to become Cedar Avenue. Take a left at Riverside Avenue (diagonal street). Follow to 23rd Avenue South to access campus (on right side), to 25th Avenue South to access Parking Lot L entrance (on right side).
-To get to Augsburg from I-35W Northbound (from Bloomington, Faribault, Des Moines): Take I-94 East exit (Exit 16B, going toward St. Paul), merge quickly to the far-right lane and take the 25th Avenue/Riverside Avenue exit (Exit 235A). Parking Lot L entrance is off of 25th Avenue just before Riverside Avenue (diagonal street). To access rest of campus, take a left at Riverside Avenue (diagonal street) and take a left at 23rd Avenue South.
-ALTERNATE DIRECTIONS: Stay on I-35W north through downtown Minneapolis to the 3rd Street/University of Minnesota exit (Exit 17C). Stay in the center lane (Washington Avenue/U of M West Bank). At the stoplight, take a right (east) onto Washington Avenue and follow it through the Seven Corners area, where Washington Avenue curves to the right and becomes Cedar Avenue. Follow to the Riverside Avenue (diagonal street) stoplight. Take a left onto Riverside Avenue and follow it to the Augsburg campus. For Parking Lot L entrance, follow Riverside Avenue to 25th Avenue, take a right onto 25th Avenue and immediate right into Lot L.
The Alan and Gloria Rice Wrestling Center features three full-size and two half-size mats, providing adequate space for the entire Augsburg wrestling team to practice comfortably. The facility is one of the largest among not only NCAA Division III wrestling programs, but even among those in upper divisions of the NCAA and NAIA. Fitness equipment and a TV/DVD system are also in the facility.
Each of the full-size mats also has a Daktronics scoreboard, enabling the facility to also be used a competition space. Matches of the Auggie-Brute-Adidas Open are held in the facility, and the space is rented often by youth and amateur wrestling programs.
The facility is named for Alan Rice, a National Wrestling Hall of Fame member and Minnesota native, who gave a $1 million gift in memory of his wife, Gloria, who passed away in 2001. Rice has spent a lifetime involved in competing, coaching and promoting amateur wrestling. He was a two-time high school state champion, two-time Big Ten champion and an All-American at Minnesota, and competed for more than a decade at the Olympic level. He coached the U.S. Greco-Roman wrestling team at the 1972 Munich Olympics. Alan and Gloria formed the Minnesota Amateur Wrestling Club in 1966, which has become one of the most prominent in the country in developing Olympic-level wrestlers.
Along the north wall of the facility are photos of Augsburg's All-Americans, celebrating the rich history of the most dominant program in all of small-college wrestling.