A $5M donation from the Annenberg Foundation to the UCLA Athletic Department will be used to fund half of an expanded facility for UCLA's soccer teams.
The facility will be built where the North Athletic Field is currently and will be named Wallis Annenberg Stadium. While the stadium will be built in several phases, the plan is to include seating for 3,000 spectators as well as "a spectator amenity building to house restrooms and concessions, a day-of-game locker room building that includes two team locker rooms and two auxiliary locker rooms, a shared team meeting room and equipment storage, stadium lighting, a scoreboard system, and several elements showcasing the storied history of UCLA Soccer," according to information posted on the official website.
Construction is scheduled to begin as soon as Fall 2016.
The total cost of the project is estimated to be about $10 million and will be funded through private contributions.
The stadium will be named for Wallis Annenberg, the Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of the Annenberg Foundation and daughter of media mogul and philanthropist Walter Annenberg.
One thing that isn't lost in all this is the fact that Ms. Annenberg has been a USC Trustee since 1975 and, while she continues to work with our crosstown rivals, her generosity and the generosity of the Annenberg Foundation should be welcomed by all Bruins. Hopefully, this is only the first of many contributions that Ms. Annenberg and the Annenberg Foundation will make to UCLA.