UCLA received a donation of $10 million from Jim Collins and Carol Collins, who met each other during their college days at UCLA in the late 1940s. The donation pushed UCLA past the total goal of $50 million to raise for the project to build a new football facility near UCLA’s practice field.
The state-of-the-art football facility will include a locker room, athletic training area, strength and conditioning facility, coaches’ offices, team meeting rooms, equipment rooms and video rooms. UCLA’s football history will also be on display in the new building, which is always a nice attraction for recruiting visits.
“Jim and Carol Collins have long known that UCLA is a special place for our student-athletes to compete and pursue their dreams,” UCLA head coach Jim Mora said in a released statement. “For them to give back in the manner that they have is a remarkable testament not only to their philanthropy and who they are as people, but to the importance those four special letters carry. Because of the generosity of the Collins family and many others, the Wasserman Football Center has not only become a reality, it is poised to become one of the nation’s premier football facilities.”
UCLA plans to break ground on the construction phase in the fall. UCLA is now setting sights on a donation goal of $65 million that will help provide the finishing touches to the interior of the new facility.
Every penny counts as schools continue to impress with their renovated football facilities.