University secures $25 million for Recreation Center, arena projects
$12 million contract with Pepsi Co. announced
April 06, 2006
Sacramento State has reached its goal of raising more than $25 million to begin the first phase of the Recreation, Wellness, and Events Center and Sports Complex, the university announced on Thursday.
The cost of the entire project is estimated around $120 million, which includes a new fieldhouse along with the Recreation and Wellness Center and a separate 6,000 to 8,000-seat arena.
Nearly 5,000 students, 55.2 percent, voted for a $110 a semester fee increase to kick in after campus president Alexander Gonzalez raised $25 million.
The arena, which was initially a part of the recreation center along with renovations to the stadium, will be put on hold until the university can secure more funding.
The funding for the massive project has come from various sources including $10 million from Alex G. Spanos, $2 million from Eli and Edythe L. Broad Foundation and now $12 million from a long-term contract with the Pepsi Co., which was announced Thursday.
The first phase will include a new field house, with the ground breaking expected by the fall.
Ground breaking for the biggest piece of the project – the Recreation and Wellness Center – might begin as soon as late next year, according to a press release from Sac State public affairs, and is estimated to cost $50 million and could be completed by June of 2009.
The recreation center will include a fitness center, athletic courts, rock-climbing walls and other amenities, but the programming and design are still in the works.
The architect is Ellerbe Becket, which has a partnership firm in San Francisco and has built various sports buildings – including Charlotte Arena for the NBA Bobcats in Charlotte, N.C., the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tenn., for the NBA Memphis Grizzlies, and Gonzaga University's McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane, Wash.