The University of California, Los Angeles athletic department just received a generous donation of a cool $5 million. The contribution was made possible by the Annenberg Foundation, the university announced.
The money will go to the university’s One Goal Campaign, which was created to raise private funds for the planned state-of-the-art Wallis Annenberg Stadium. The facility, which is slated to be the new home of the UCLA Men’s and Women’s Soccer as well as UCLA’s Club Sports programs, will be located where the North Athletic Field currently resides. It will feature the capacity to seat 3,000 sports-goers, a spectator amenity building to house restrooms and concessions, a day-of-game locker room building that includes two team locker rooms and two auxiliary locker rooms, a shared team meeting room and equipment storage, stadium lighting, a scoreboard system and several elements showcasing the storied history of UCLA Soccer.
In a statement released by the university, UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero, said, “Not only is soccer the most popular sport around the globe, with nearly four percent of the world’s population actively participating, but its legacy and storied history here at UCLA has been well-documented through the years. For the Annenberg Foundation to take this type of initiative and make this level of commitment, while remarkable, is not surprising given how deeply it has philanthropically touched all aspects of the greater Los Angeles community. Because of the generosity of the Annenberg Foundation, and more specifically Wallis Annenberg, UCLA soccer and the men and women who comprise it, will now play on a stage that will undoubtedly be second to none.”
Haute 100 lister Wallis Annenberg, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO, added, “It’s been said that adversity causes some people to break, and others to break records. I’m delighted to play my part in creating a state-of-the-art new stadium for UCLA soccer, because nothing does more to build a sense of character, a culture of achievement and a strong fabric of community than an extraordinary sports program. With its rich history and its remarkable successes in recent years — on both the men’s and women’s teams — I can’t think of a worthier investment than UCLA soccer. And I look forward to sharing in the excitement and the glory when the new stadium is built.”
Construction is slated to begin in the fall with an estimated cost of up to $10 million.