Rutgers Athletics Announces "R Big Ten Build"

Jan. 20, 2016



PISCATAWAY, N.J. - The Rutgers University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics today announced "R Big Ten Build," a targeted campaign to raise $100 million for new or expanded athletic facilities. Every Rutgers head coach and senior administrator has already contributed, including Head Football Coach Chris Ash, Head Men's Basketball Coach Eddie Jordan and Director of Athletics Patrick Hobbs, who have each pledged $50,000 to the initiative.

Hobbs formally announced "R Big Ten Build" via a video that can be viewed above and here. Fans and friends of the Scarlet Knights can contribute to the campaign and learn about its vision, goals and impact via the official website at RutgersBigTenBuild.com.

The announcement comes a day after legislation sponsored by Senator Raymond Lesniak that enables Rutgers to use up to $25 million in tax credits to finance the construction of modern athletic facilities was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie. The law, S-2880, makes use of an economic incentive program through the Economic Redevelopment and Growth Grant Program and was supported by Senator Stephen Sweeney and Assemblyman Vincent Prieto.

"For us to be competitive in the Big Ten, we must upgrade our facilities," said Hobbs. "It has been 22 years since Rutgers Athletics constructed a new building. Meanwhile, our Big Ten peers have been building state of the art facilities that help them recruit and enable their student athletes to achieve peak performance. Yesterday, we heard from our legislature and our Governor. The State of New Jersey is in. Now we have to be all in. Let's build this."

Phase I of the "R Big Ten Build," created in collaboration with the University Physical Master Plan, includes three projects: a Multisport Training Complex adjacent to the Rutgers Athletic Center (RAC), a Lacrosse and Soccer Training Complex, and a Football Training Complex/Expansion of the Hale Center. These pivotal projects will result in additional critical training space and will have a dramatic and wide-ranging impact on all 24 athletic programs and on the 600 student-athletes who represent Rutgers on a national stage.

"R Big Ten Build" will provide state-of-the-art practice centers for men's and women's basketball, wrestling, volleyball, and gymnastics, as well as key support areas for football, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's soccer and tennis. These facilities will meet a crucial need for high-performance training, first-class sports medicine, and critical shared pathways that will support a championship culture at Rutgers.

"R Big Ten Build" $50,000 Contributors
Head Football Coach Chris Ash
Head Men's Basketball Coach Eddie Jordan
Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Patrick Hobbs

For additional information about "R Big Ten Build," or to speak with an Athletic Development representative regarding various naming opportunities, please call 848-932-7629.
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