LEWISBURG, Pa. – The members of the Bucknell football squad have been hard at work in summer training with the start of preseason practice just around the corner, and when they return to campus they will be greeted by some significant upgrades to the Tom Gadd Weight Room inside Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium.

All 12 of the weight room’s power racks have been replaced after several years of heavy use. The new racks will help alleviate the significant demand for the equipment while ensuring a high level of student-athlete safety during strength training sessions. Funding for this vital program need came entirely through donations from the Bison Gridiron Club, and coach Joe Susan and the entire program are appreciative of the support from their alumni and friends.

“We are very fortunate to be able to open our new strength facility at the stadium this week,” said Susan. “The young men on our team work hard to be their best in all areas. The new equipment will enable us to continue to make gains in the areas of strength, power and speed. Our loyal alumni came through for our program in the effort to raise the funding necessary to replace the old weight equipment. The support we received was outstanding, and everyone involved with the Bucknell football program understands how we got this important step completed. The response we received is a reflection of the strength of the people who are Bucknell. This is a special place, and the people make the place.”

Coming off a 6-5 season in 2013, Bucknell returns 17 starters and six All-Patriot League selections this fall. Preseason practice is scheduled to begin Aug. 4, and the season opener is Aug. 30 against VMI at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium.