After several months of fundraising and preparation, UCLA athletics is finally ready to break ground on the Wasserman Football Center and the Mo Ostin Basketball Center which will take place on Thursday, August 27.
We have heard about the new UCLA football and basketball facilities for nearly two years and it is almost time to start construction on the multi-million dollar structures. UCLA announced yesterday that on August 27 they will break ground on the Wasserman Football Center and the Mo Ostin Basketball Center in the ceremony taking place south west of Pauley Pavilion on the campus of UCLA.
For the last two years, UCLA has been giving constant updates on private donations and releasing renderings of the proposed buildings. Next month, the construction on both facilities finally begins with a ceremony that will involve UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero, head UCLA basketball coaches Cori Close and Steve Alford and head UCLA football coach Jim Mora, as well as the facility benefactors Casey Wasserman and Mo Ostin.
According to UCLABruins.com, Guerrero said, “this is not merely a groundbreaking; this is confirmation that UCLA will continue as the premier intercollegiate athletics programing in the nation while remaining a force to be reckoned with well into the future.”
The funds raised for the Wasserman Football Center are currently at $54 Million and is estimated to cost $65 Million. The funding raised for the Mo Ostin Basketball Center is at $16 Million and is estimated to cost $25 Million.
Both of these facilities have been eagerly anticipated as UCLA Athletics looks to upgrade their facilities that have been by-passed by other major college football and basketball programs in the last several years.
Both facilities will have state-of-the-art offices, training rooms, meeting/video rooms and lounges. The Wasserman Football Center will be located at the west end of Spaulding Field while the Mo Ostin Basketball Center will be located on the south end of the L.A. Tennis Center, near the corner of Charles E. Young Drive West and Charles E. Young Drive East.