New football, basketball training centers at UCLA mark milestone

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New football, basketball training centers at UCLA mark milestone

UCLA broke ground today on two comprehensive training and performance facilities for student-athletes playing football and basketball.

Among those joining Athletics Director Dan Guerrero for a shovel-turning ceremony and celebration were benefactor Casey Wasserman, head football coach Jim Mora, head men’s basketball coach Steve Alford and head women’s basketball coach Cori Close. Benefactor Mo Ostin was unable to attend because he was recovering from a medical procedure. Approximately 175 people attended.

The Wasserman Football Center will be built immediately west of Spaulding Field, the football team’s practice field. Nearby, the Mo Ostin Basketball Center will be built south of the Los Angeles Tennis Center and close to Pauley Pavilion, the basketball team’s home court.

The facilities will include state-of-the-art strength and conditioning areas, locker rooms, video and team meeting rooms, and elements paying homage to the rich history of Bruin athletics, among other features.

“This is confirmation that UCLA will continue as the premier intercollegiate athletics program in the nation while remaining a force to be reckoned with well into the future,” Guerrero said before the ceremony.

UCLA has won 112 National Collegiate Athletic Association team championships, more than any other university in the country.

With capital campaigns still underway, donors have committed more than $70 million toward the two projects, athletics officials said.

The gifts are part of the $4.2 billion UCLA Centennial Campaign, which is scheduled to conclude in December 2019 during UCLA’s 100th anniversary year.

Photo: UCLA Coaches with Athletic Director Dan Guerrero and Casey Wasserman at today’s ceremony.