Arizona Athletics Capital Campaign
The Arizona Athletics Capital Campaign is a multi-facility project that supports all 20 sports programs and 500 student-athletes. The campaign includes renovations to four current Arizona Athletics facilities in addition to the construction of the new Cole and Jeannie Davis Sports Center.
"These five projects will address some long-standing needs, and at the same time, will improve the experience for virtually all of our student-athletes. I want to thank everyone involved in helping this come to fruition, as I know it’s been a long time coming. This is just the start of what we hope will be a transformational period for our facilities, but we’ll need the continued support of our fans and donors to address the remainder of our needs moving forward."
Cole and Jeannie Davis Sports Center
$18 Million | Construction underway with goal to be completed by February 2019
- University of Arizona supporters Cole and Jeannie Davis have committed an $8 million gift towards the total $18 million project. The new indoors sports center will bear their name and be known as the Cole and Jeannie Davis Sports Center.
- Located on the former site of Kindall-Sancet Stadium adjacent to National Championship Dr.
- 90-yard field with a 10-yard end zone, and ceiling height of 65 feet
- Full-width, climate-controlled multipurpose facility for each of Arizona's programs to utilize for training and conditioning amongst other opportunities, while also serving as a gameday hospitality area.
- A monument honoring the two former Arizona Baseball coaching legends and the former Arizona Baseball stadium is planned. Design and details are still being finalized.
Hillenbrand Memorial Softball Stadium
$8 Million | Construction to begin June 2018 with goal to be completed by start of the 2019 softball season
Arizona Stadium – East Phase 1
$25 Million | Construction completed in September 2018
- New restroom and concession facilities
- Lower concourse access from south end zone seating to new east side amenities
- Renovating ZonaZoo seating, lower east side concourse, and gate entry
- A second phase is anticipated to provide renovations including seating, additional concessions and restroom upgrades to other areas of the stadium. Construction is expected to commence in January 2019 and be completed in time for the 2019 football season.
Hillenbrand Aquatic Center
$15 Million | Construction completed in January 2019
- Rebuild and expand the 50-meter pool to 65 meters, including the old diving well
- Increase the number of 25-yard short course lanes from 18 to 22
- Replace and significantly upgrade the pump and plumbing infrastructure
- New chemical and filtration infrastructure and storage
McKale Center Locker Rooms
$1.9 Million | Construction completed in August 2018
Why Invest In Facilities?
Improving our facilities allows us to recruit elite-level athletes, coaches and staff in a highly competitive intercollegiate athletics field.
Investing in our facilities helps elevate our student-athlete experience by providing them with championship-level locker rooms, first-class academic services and state-of-the-art training facilities.
Maximizing the fan experience is key to making sure our seats are always full. This atmosphere helps cultivate school spirit for our fans and for our student-athletes as they compete to a packed house.
Enhancing our facilities helps ensure a top-rate fan experience and in turn helps to maintain our season ticket renewal rate and attract new season ticket holders. This is critical to supporting our 20 sports programs.
A Critically Important Strategy For Arizona Athletics
The capital campaign is essential for building new and renovating current facilities, while supporting our ability to upgrade and properly maintain current facilities with the goal of remaining competitive in the Pac-12 and nationally.
While some athletics departments spend lavishly on overdone facilities, our goal is to provide student-athletes with the amenities they need to maximize their potential, while remaining fiscally responsible in the process.
Strategically, we have been forward thinking in order to make significant down payments, while borrowing at historically low interest rates, which has allowed us to complete projects in a timely fashion.
Think of debt service the way you would a mortgage. Building and renovating facilities is done in much the same fashion.
In order to ensure the fiscal responsibility we require, we are shrewd when venturing into projects that require debt service in order to maximize the resources we have, while minimizing the amount of debt we must service.