Wendell H. Murphy Center
When it comes to football operations facilities, there is none in the country as fine as the Wendell H. Murphy Center. The 103,254-square-foot complex houses every aspect of Wolfpack football, from sports medicine, to equipment, to academics, to the Gunter / Blank Family Strength & Conditioning Center. As functional as it is aesthetically pleasing, the Murphy Center is definitely the Wolfpack's den.
The Murphy Center (known as "The Murph" to the Wolfpack players) is the largest operations facility in the country devoted solely to football.
First Floor: The heartbeat of the Murphy Center is on the bottom floor. The beautiful locker room stretches the length of the building on one side of the hall, boasting 114 custom wood lockers, bathrooms, showers, a stereo and TVs. The other side of the hall is home to the equipment room and the state-of-the-art sports medicine facility, which covers 6,000 square feet and includes an aquatics area with three pools.
Hall of Champions: Visitors to the Murphy Center can experience the rich heritage of Wolfpack Football in the Finley Hall of Champions. This multimedia complex highlights NC State's football tradition with photos, artifacts and interactive exhibits. Fans can watch video highlights in the Woolard Theater and younger Wolfpackers can have fun in the Junior Wolfpack Zone.
Gunter / Blank Family Strength & Conditioning Center: From the lobby, double doors open into the massive Gunter / Blank Family Strength & Conditioning Center which runs the entire length of the building and covers 15,000 square-feet. The facility houses huge area for stretching, a track, a juice bar and over 15 tons of weights.
Third Floor: The third floor of the Murphy Center houses a large dining room and a players' lounge that overlooks Wayne Day Family Field. The lounge contains couches, pool tables, ping-pong tables, wide-screen TVs and video games for the Wolfpack players to enjoy during breaks.
A large team meeting room and meeting rooms for each position are also on the third floor. Each room is equipped with the latest video playback equipment for reviewing film and breaking down an athlete's performance. That level also houses offices for the Wolfpack's academic advisors, as well as a large study room with computers in the Kirkland Academic Suite.
Fourth Floor: On the fourth floor, the coaches' offices, a large staff conference room, offensive and defensive meeting rooms, a television studio and the video production offices can be found.
Wolfpack Turf Statue
Former Wolfpack football player and master sculptor Dick Idol, created the "Wolfpack Turf" monument, which rises from the plaza in front of the Murphy Center. The statue is made up of six wolves, each two-times life size, standing on a 21-foot stone mountain.
Each wolf on the sculpture has a name which represents one of the characteristics of a wolf and of a Wolfpack football player: Confidence, Passion, Spirit, Courage, Pride and Strength.