Gonzaga Arena News - Summer 2003


Footings have been poured and foundation walls are being built as Gonzaga's new arena begins to take shape. Utility work has begun, including installation of water, power, gas and communication lines. Everything is on schedule to open the building in the fall of 2004. The building will have 6,000 theater-style seats with backs, large scoreboards with video walls on both ends of the court, and six concession stands. Gonzaga has raised $17 million in cash and pledges of the $23 million construction cost, and is expecting to raise an additional $6 million from corporate contracts, corporate naming opportunities, the Arena Building Partners Fund, and other benefactors. Fund-raising efforts will continue through the construction phase. To learn more about the arena, visit our web site at www.gonzagaarena.com.


The selection process for seats in the arena will start as early as late summer 2004. Individuals in each seating category will select their seat assignments based upon the number of points they have accumulated with the following points system. The individual with the highest point total in each category (in this order: Platinum seats, Gold seats, Silver seats, Bulldog seats and finally Zag seats) will select first, the individual with the second-highest point total in each category will select seats second. This process will continue until the individuals with the lowest point total in each category have selected their seats. Everyone will have the opportunity to come into the new arena and sit in their new seats as part of the selection process. Initial individual point totals will be made available later this summer.

The Point System - Points will be calculated per the following formula:

One point for each year (up to 20 years) as a season ticket holder. Ten-point bonus for every 10 years (up to 20 points) as season ticket holder.

One point for every $100 of giving to the Athletic Department over the previous 10 years.

One point for every $1,000 of giving to Gonzaga University, excluding athletics, over the previous 10 years (up to 100 points).

One point for each $100 contributed to either the Founding Members or the Arena Partners Building Fund.


In a survey of opposing teams, Sports Illustrated recently ranked The Kennel the fourth toughest arena nationwide. Gonzaga's student-run Kennel Club is partly responsible for the nightmares opposing teams experience at Gonzaga. The University wants to protect that home-court advantage when the new arena is occupied. To do that, Gonzaga plans to seat the students in courtside seats stretching from one baseline to beyond the other. Gonzaga is asking for alumni, benefactors and friends to pledge to sponsor seats in the 1,500-seat student section for $200 per seat for five years, or $1,000 total. The money raised is essential to completing fund raising on the arena project. Benefactors will have their names engraved on the student seat for the life of the arena, and gifts are tax-deductible. Gifts to the student seating plan also will increase one's point totals for seat selection (see above article).


About 1,000 men's basketball season-ticket seats remain in the Zag section of the new arena. These seats are located around the top quarter of the arena. Zag seats are priced at $200 a year, require a $100 annual contribution to the Bulldog Club and a $100 annual contribution for five years to the Arena Building Partners Fund. For more information, please call (509) 323-4202, or go to www.gonzagaarena.com.


Construction of a new arena is just part of The Campaign for GONZAGA UNIVERSITY: Educating People the World Needs Most. The $119 million campaign, begun in April 2002, has already enabled construction of the Rudolf Fitness Center, and two new residence halls. It has provided for the purchase of a new building to house the Gonzaga-in-Florence program, and expansion and renovation of the engineering building, the business administration building and the sciences building. Funds are being raised to build a new performing arts center, and to fund endowments for scholarships, faculty enrichment and the University's mission, as well as for the Gonzaga-in-Florence program, law school, technology upgrades and the annual fund.



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