Troy Aikman donates $1 million to UCLA’s new football facility

Former UCLA and Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman has made a $1 million donation to the Bruins’ new football facility project, pushing total fundraising to more than $54 million.

The Wasserman Football Center, which is budgeted at $65 million, will now include the Troy Aikman Strength and Conditioning Center in honor of his contribution. The facility is scheduled to break ground this fall.

“UCLA holds a very special place in my heart,” Aikman said in a statement. “As you go through life, it is common to be defined by the company you keep. I’ve been fortunate to be associated with two outstanding institutions. In many eyes, I’ll always be a Dallas Cowboy, and I’m extremely proud of that.

“By making this contribution to UCLA Football, It’s clear that I am, and always will be, a UCLA Bruin as well. My time at UCLA helped mold me into the person I am today, and I want the Bruin student-athletes that come after me to have the same opportunity I had to achieve their boyhood dreams.”

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Donation pushes UCLA’s football facility fundraising to $53 million

An eight-figure donation has pushed UCLA’s football facility fundraising $3 million past its original goal — but $12 million behind its new target.

The athletic department announced on Monday that Jim and Carol Collins had donated $10 million toward the new football facility, bumping the fundraising total to more than $53 million in cash and pledges.

The Wasserman Football Center, scheduled to break ground in fall 2015, was budgeted at $50 million when the project was announced in September 2013. After receiving its latest donation, UCLA athletic department stated that it has set a new goal of $65 million in private funding — a “phase two” that it said “will allow for first-rate finishes, furniture, branding and technology.” Continue reading

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New UCLA football facility named Wasserman Football Center

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Sports agent Casey Wasserman’s big donation ensured that UCLA’s new football facility will be called the Wasserman Football Center. Several naming opportunities are still available (see above), including the chance to name — wait for it — the team barbershop for $500,000. You can see the full floor plan here.

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UCLA has raised $40 million toward new football facility


UCLA announced that it has raised $40 million in cash and pledges toward its new football facility, $10 million short of the original projected cost. The school also released new renderings of the building from ZGF Architects.

Head coach Jim Mora’s recent contract extension stipulated that if construction on the facility does not begin by October 2015, all his potential buyouts would be waived.

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Former UCLA player Andy Meyers donates $1 million to football facility

UCLA announced Thursday morning that former player Andy Meyers and his wife Shannon have committed $1 million toward the school’s plan to build a football facility west of Spaulding Field. Meyers was an All-Pac-10 guard and third-team All-American who is now the CEO of Shangri-La Construction. Continue reading

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