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Gonzaga’s Board of Trustees approves funds for new athletic facility

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The building will house a new strength and conditioning center, among others.

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The Gonzaga University Board of Trustee’s has approved a $24 million, 51,000-square-foot Center for Athletic Achievement, with construction scheduled to finish in the Fall of 2017, the Spokane Journal of Business reported on Tuesday.

The planning for the Center of Athletic Achievement surfaced back in the winter, and will help Gonzaga maintain a leg up in the recruiting world.

“Primarily we need it to service student-athletes and continue to be competitive in a very competitive environment,” Roth told the Spokesman Review.

The building will house the Gonzaga Athletics Hall of Fame, the Student-Athlete Academic Support Center, and a 5,000-square-foot multi-use event space on the west side of the McCarthey Athletic Center. The entire project will be funded entirely by benefactors.

The first-floor of the facility will house a new practice facility and strength and conditioning center, and is the only basketball specific portion of the project.

Most importantly, the commitment to the center showcases a focal point at Gonzaga, specifically on the student portion of student-athlete. The academic center will help with individual instruction and continue the level of excellence already established. Gonzaga University athletes have a Graduation Success Rate of 96 percent. The average across D1 sports is 82 percent.

Want your name on the building? It will only cost you a cool $5 million to the academic support center or the events space, and a mere $10 million for the naming rights to the Center for Athletic Achievement.