UCLA Athletics announced this morning that there will be a ground-breaking ceremony for the new Wasserman Football Center and Mo Ostin Basketball Center on Thursday, August 27th.
The ceremonial shovel-turning on Aug. 27, featuring Athletics Director Dan Guerrero, benefactors Casey Wasserman and Mo Ostin, head football coach Jim Mora, head men’s basketball coach Steve Alford, head women’s basketball coach Cori Close and other special guests, will take place just west of Spaulding Field, southwest of Pauley Pavilion.
UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero said:
When we announced the capital campaigns for these projects, I mentioned that our Bruin alumni and friends, time and again, consistently step up when called upon to help shape our future. This undertaking has been no exception. At UCLA, we understand the significance of these four letters – the tradition, progressiveness and all-around excellence that they represent. With that understanding, this is not merely a groundbreaking; this is confirmation that UCLA will continue as the premier intercollegiate athletics program in the nation while remaining a force to be reckoned with well into the future.
So far, more than $70 million has been raised to build these facilities, but UCLA continues to raise money for both projects. More than $54 million in funding has now been secured towards the $65 million phase-two Wasserman Football Center fundraising goal, while more than $16 million in funding has been secured towards the $25 million fundraising goal for the Mo Ostin Basketball Center.