The University of Arizona received a boost for its new indoor sports center that’s currently being constructed east of Arizona Stadium. The university announced on Friday that UA supporters Cole and Jeannie Davis have committed to donate $8 million towards the indoor sports center, which is expected to be complete at the start of 2019.
Due to their contributions, the facility will be named the Cole and Jeannie Davis Sports Center. With their donation, the couple has now given Arizona athletics $18 million after they helped renovate McKale Center, adding a strength and conditioning center to the Richard Jefferson Gymnasium among other projects.
The Cole and Jeannie Davis Sports Center is a $15 million facility that will sit across the street from Arizona Stadium on the old site of Sancet Stadium, spanning from East Sixth Street to the Ginny L. Clements Academic Center.
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It includes a 90-yard field with a 10-yard end zone and Full-width, climate-controlled space for training and conditioning amongst other opportunities. It will also be used to enhance fan experience during home football games.
“What we love about our community and the University of Arizona is the people,” Cole Davis said. “Our passion in Tucson is helping young men and women aspire for greatness and achieve their dreams. Student-athletes at Arizona compete at the highest levels as part of a team, strive for success in the classroom and aim to make a difference in our community.”
In September 2017, the Arizona Board of Regents approved athletic director Dave Heeke’s $66 million plan to upgrade the UA’s sports facilities, which includes McKale Center, Arizona Stadium, McKale Center, Hillenbrand Aquatic Center and Rita Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium, and now the Cole and Jeannie Davis Sports Center. Student fees, donor contributions and Pac-12 media right revenue will help fund the projects.
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