Catch the Event Center Buzz

Sacramento State’s men’s and women’s basketball’s incredible 2014-15 seasons made two things perfectly clear: 1) the Hornets are teams to be reckoned with and 2) the campus lacks a facility large enough to host large-capacity crowds.

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The Power of 1,000 Hornets initiative aims to jump start the fundraising process for an event center to serve as a hub for athletic, entertainment and academic activities.

As the men’s team flirted with a spot at the top of the standings, there was an increasing possibility that Sac State might be in position to host the Big Sky Tournament—but not on campus, or even in Sacramento. The Hornet’s Nest is too cozy for the crowds and media expected to attend.

Though it turned out the concern was for naught—the team ended up attending rather than hosting the tournament—the seed was planted about the urgent need for an on-campus indoor arena to accommodate ceremonies, sporting events, concerts and other sizable gatherings.

Enter “The Power of 1,000 Hornets.”

The grass-roots effort calls for 1,000 Hornets—alumni and friends—to each pledge $1,140 as seed funding for a new campus event center. It was inspired by The Sacramento Bee columnist Aileen Voisin challenging boosters to rally for the cause.

While the University’s Strategic and Master Plans already call for the construction of an event center to serve as a hub for athletic, entertainment and academic activities, The Power of 1,000 Hornets aims to jump start the process too by raising $1 million in dedicated private funding in support of the facility.

In addition to providing a roomy, modern space for the campus, the proposed center will increase the University’s connection with the greater Sacramento community by filling the need for a mid-sized venue.

For more information visit or call the Office of University Development at (916) 278-6989.

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