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Arena to Reality - Filling a Big Need in Spokane
Gonzaga University will construct a new Arena to accommodate the needs of the men's basketball program and serve multiple campus and Spokane community needs by attracting outstanding community-interest programming and entertainment opportunities to the Inland Northwest. The Arena will fill a niche in Spokane for a medium-size facility, between the 2,500 seat Spokane Opera House and the 12,000-seat Spokane Arena. Construction will begin once 80 percent of the total project cost has been raised or pledged, said Gonzaga President Father Robert J. Spitzer, S.J. Arena construction is expected to take between 18-20 months once ground is broken.
The Building - Kennel 'intimacy' to be retained
The new structure will be a 6,000-seat Arena located directly east of the Martin Centre on the site of the current baseball field. The building is being designed with a steep pitch allowing for all seats to be close to the floor in an effort to maintain the intimate atmosphere that has been the hallmark of Bulldog basketball in The Kennel for the past 35 years. Students will be seated on the floor directly across the court from the benches. The Arena will connect to the Martin Centre. Adequate parking will be created south of the complex. A new baseball stadium will be constructed directly east of the Arena on the site of the soccer practice field, and a new soccer practice field will be built southwest of the Martin Centre.
Funding/Fund Raising - Project cost $23 million
Cost for the Arena and associated projects is estimated at $23 million. A minimum of $18.4 million (80 percent) will come from private donations. The remainder to be financed. A portion of the funding has been pledged, but we are still seeking additional major gifts. To make a donation to the Arena please contact Robert LaPointe, director of development, at (509) 323-6378, or Mike Hogan, associate athletic director for development, at (509) 323-4211.
Tickets/Season Ticket Sales - Plan being developed for ticket allocation
All current season ticket holders will be given an opportunity to purchase season tickets in the Arena. Season ticket holders and Bulldog Club members will be rewarded for their past years of involvement. Other fans also will be given the opportunity to purchase season tickets. Gonzaga will have ticket plans that are affordable for everyone. A season ticket sales time line will be announced.
Comments from Coach Few - Facility provides last needed recruiting edge
We have a tremendous basketball tradition here at Gonzaga, we have built a Top 25 program because of great fans, great players and a common vision. But the one piece we lack is a true basketball arena. I'm enthusiastic that this Arena will give us that last recruiting advantage that will help us to maintain a Top 25 program for many years to come. Spokane fans have been very supportive of the Zags, and our hope is that a new arena will give everyone who wants to be a part of Gonzaga basketball a chance to see the Zags play.
Gonzaga's Capital Campaign - Arena project just one part of major fund-raising effort
Construction of a new Arena is just part of a $119 million Capital Campaign, which was announced April 18. The Campaign includes fund raising for construction of a new student fitness center, a performing arts project, and two new residence halls, along with expansion of buildings for the sciences, business administration, and engineering. Money also is being raised to fund endowments for scholarships, professorships and the University's mission, as well as for the Gonzaga-in-Florence program, law school, technology updates and the annual fund. Construction began this summer on a 30,000-square-foot addition to the science center and the engineering building expansion. Construction will start on the new student-fitness center at the end of the summer. Goller and Dillon Residence Halls will be ready for fall 2002 occupancy.
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