The University of Arizona Foundation is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to advancing the University of Arizona. Managing an existing asset base of more than $600 million, the UA Foundation has helped generate more than $2 billion in private funding to support the University.
An anonymous and loyal University of Arizona philanthropist couple who, until now, has supported academic initiatives, has pledged $2.5 million toward the Arizona Athletics’ North End-Zone Complex.
The donation raising the total committed support to nearly $30 million of the $72.3 million project.
The gift marks the anonymous couple’s first to an Arizona Athletics’ capital project in nearly 10 years of generously giving to the UA.
The time to rally behind Arizona Athletics is now, the couple said.
Football not only increases UA’s visibility, but also can build lifelong enthusiasm and motivate donors to invest in the Southwest’s premier academic research institution.
"The outpouring of support for the Arizona Athletics’ stadium project is staggering,” said Arizona Athletics Director Greg Byrne.
"Donors recognize that a strong athletics program is an invitation to engage with the University of Arizona at multiple levels. People fall in love with Wildcat athletics and then also discover the University’s research, academics, faculty and students – or in this case, the other way around," he said.
Byrne continued: “Not only does the stadium project benefit UA football, but it also opens up space in McKale Center for other purposes and future renovations.”
UA Foundation President James H. Moore, Jr. said: “We are thrilled to support Arizona Athletics in fundraising for the stadium project, which will enhance the reputation and increase the visibility of the University of Arizona and its football program nationwide.”
Football revenue supports about 40 percent, or $21 million, of the athletic department’s entire annual operating budget, benefiting all 500 student-athletes who compete in 19 sports.
The North End-Zone Complex will include 5,000 upgraded end-zone seats, and among them 420 premium loge-level seats.
Arizona football staff offices will move from McKale Memorial Center to a four-level, 185,000-square-foot operations center. The center will include football-specific strength and conditioning facilities, a sports-medicine suite for student-athlete care and treatment, a team dining hall, coaches’ offices, team locker rooms, small-group and auditorium meeting spaces and also equipment and laundry rooms.