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The Wasserman Football Center

Courtesy: UCLA Athletics
UCLA Athletics Introduces The Wasserman Football Center
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  09/04/2014
Wasserman Football CenterUCLA Football’s much-anticipated on-campus training and performance facility has been named The Wasserman Football Center in tribute to generous support from The Wasserman Foundation and its President, UCLA alumnus Casey Wasserman. UCLA Director of Athletics Dan Guerrero made the announcement today.

The comprehensive, state-of-the-art facility will be located on the west side of Spaulding Field. Designed by award‐winning architectural, planning, and interior design firm ZGF Architects LLP, the Wasserman Football Center will house a locker room, athletic training area, strength and conditioning facility, coaches’ offices, team meeting rooms, equipment rooms and video rooms, in addition to several elements that will feature the storied history of UCLA Football.

The Wasserman Foundation was also vital to the recently-completed renovation of Pauley Pavilion.

"For decades, the Wasserman Foundation has generously supported key campus initiatives, including scholarships, capital projects, marquee research and health programs, as well as, of course, Athletics," said UCLA Chancellor Gene Block. "We have a deep appreciation for their longstanding commitment to ensuring UCLA’s success well into the future."

Wasserman Football center

"UCLA's athletics are an anchor to this university, both for students and alumni. It is a privilege to be involved in the development and legacy of the new Center, and I am grateful to Coach Mora for his dedication to his team, and to Dan and Gene for stewarding a commitment to build the best facility for UCLA athletes and students," said Wasserman.

"Many people know Casey as a civic leader and supporter of education and health advancement," said Guerrero. "While I’ve known him to be all these things, most of all, he’s been a confidant and a friend, making this announcement all the more special. We could not be more excited to have the Wasserman name forever linked with our storied football program."

With the goal of raising private funds in excess of $50 million for estimated construction and finishing costs by the time ground is broken on the Wasserman Football Center in the fall of 2015, the UCLA Athletic Department has received approximately $43 million in cash and pledges to date since the initial fundraising announcement in September 2013.

"Casey understands what a special place UCLA is," said UCLA head football coach Jim Mora. "He knows first-hand that this is where dreams are cultivated and foundations for remarkable achievements are laid. What he has done is ensure that generations of student-athletes will walk through the doors of the Wasserman Football Center and have the opportunity to pursue greatness. I hope others will help make a very real difference for both our program and our student-athletes."

For more information or to become involved in the Wasserman Football Center campaign, contact Josh Rebholz at 310-206-3302, or visit www.UCLAFootballFacility.com.


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