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Recreation, Wellness, and Events Center

The first part of the University’s Recreation, Wellness, Events Center and Stadium project got a strong show of support in the fall when the Eli and Edythe L. Broad Foundation gave a $2 million gift toward construction of a new athletic facility south the University’s stadium.

The facility will contain training facilities, locker rooms and coaches’ offices for the University’s Division I athletics program. It will be named the Broad Athletic Facility pending approval by the California State University Board of Trustees.

“We were made aware of a need on the Sacramento State campus that was essential to advance the University’s capital program, and we were happy to meet that need,” said Eli Broad, founder of The Broad Foundations.

Construction of the modern field house is an important part of enhancing the University’s intercollegiate athletics program. It must be completed before construction of the other facilities in the Recreation, Wellness, Events Center and Stadium project can begin, because parts of the project will be built at the site of the old field house.

“These are the type of leadership gifts that really make a difference for the students here at Sacramento State,” said President Alexander Gonzalez. “Eli Broad has made an impressive investment in our efforts to make this a destination campus.”

Eli and Edythe Broad are longtime supporters of K-12 and higher education, as well as the arts, science, medical research and civic development. Eli Broad is currently working to help Sacramento State develop a campus in Placer County by committing about 300 acres of land in the proposed Placer Ranch project near Roseville. He has made major contributions to UCLA and CalTech, and is on the board of trustees of CalTech.

The Broad commitment is the largest of three major gifts the University received in 2005 for the new athletic facility. In October, alumnus and Sac State tennis coach Bill Campbell and his wife Margie provided $1.3 million for the field house and tennis court renovations, and McCarthy Building Company also pledged to help construct the facility. In 2004, Alex and Faye Spanos made a gift of $10 million for the Recreation, Wellness, Events Center and Stadium project.

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