UCLA breaks ground on new football, basketball facilities

UCLA officially broke ground on both the Wasserman Football Center and Mo Ostin Basketball Center this afternoon. Here’s a bit of footage to make you feel like you were right in the middle of the festivities.

Jim Mora thanked the Wasserman family for its contributions:

A virtual tour of what the football facility should look like:

A virtual tour of what the basketball facility should look like:

Both are projected for completion by around fall 2017.

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UCLA to break ground on football, basketball practice facilities

UCLA will break ground on its new football and basketball practice facilities in August, less than two years after fundraising first began.

An official ceremony will be held on Thursday, Aug. 27 for both the Wasserman Football Center and Mo Ostin Basketball Center, west of Spaulding Field and southwest of Pauley Pavilion. Football and basketball head coaches Jim Mora, Steve Alford and Cori Close will be present, as will donors Casey Wasserman and Mo Ostin.

“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,” athletic director Dan Guerrero said in a statement. Continue reading

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UCLA’s new basketball practice facility named after Mo Ostin

UCLA’s new basketball practice facility, scheduled to break ground this fall, has been named after record executive Mo Ostin.

Ostin has pledged $10 million to the construction of the project, which is estimated to cost $30-40 million. His contribution makes up approximately two-thirds of the current fundraising tally. The Mo Ostin Basketball Center — to be located southwest of Pauley Pavilion — will host both the UCLA men’s and women’s basketball programs, and is designed by Kevin Daly Architects and AECOM.

Plans for the facility were first announced in May 2014.

Ostin, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013, also donated $10 million to the Evelyn and Mo Ostin Music Center.

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UCLA announces new basketball practice facility, estimated to cost $30-40 million

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UCLA will spend an estimated $30-40 million on a new basketball practice facility, the school announced Thursday afternoon.

The new building will be located near the Bruins’ home court of Pauley Pavilion, immediately south of the Los Angeles Tennis Center and west of the planned $50 million football facility. The school said private donations will fund the project — which will house practice gyms for both men’s and women’s basketball teams, as well locker rooms and a training area. Continue reading

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