PISCATAWAY, N.J. – As part of the “R Big Ten Build” targeted campaign, Rutgers Athletics announced its plan for a complete, top-to-bottom renovation of the existing football practice field complex. The project, slated to begin this spring and completed on Aug. 1, 2017, was made possible through a generous gift from Jeff and Amy Towers.
“We are very grateful to the Towers family for their tremendous support of Rutgers Athletics and our football program,” said Director of Athletics Pat Hobbs. “Their gift will dramatically improve the quality of our practice facility. It will also be a great asset as we recruit the nation’s best and continue to make strides towards building Rutgers into a championship contender in the Big Ten.”
“Rutgers athletes deserve no less than the best in facilities when preparing to compete for championships in the best athletic conference in America and on the country’s biggest stage,” said Jeff and Amy Towers. “This best-in-class football practice complex will help recruit and develop Rutgers football players to do just that for many years to come.”
The upgraded practice complex will feature two new grass fields; complete with rebuilt drainage and a new irrigation system as well as a state-of-the-art LED lighting system.
“This practice complex will be one of the best in college football,” said Rutgers head football coach Chris Ash. “This new facility will help with player safety, player development and our efforts in recruiting. These improvements demonstrate Rutgers’ commitment to building a first-class football program in the best conference in the country.”
New football goal posts and two permanent film towers will be constructed in the complex along with a new video board, two scoreboards and six game clocks. A 3,000 square foot storage unit, new maintenance equipment and permanent restrooms are also included in the upgrades.
In addition to the functional improvements, the practice complex will also undergo several aesthetical changes, including a new entranceway, fencing around the perimeter and redesigned landscaping throughout the facility.
"R Big Ten Build," a targeted campaign to raise $100 million for new or upgraded facilities, was launched on Jan. 20. Phase I, created in collaboration with the University Physical Master Plan, includes three projects: The RWJBarnabas Health Athletic Performance Center, a Lacrosse and Soccer Training Complex and a Football Training Complex/Expansion of the Hale Center.
"R Big Ten Build" surpassed the $50 million milestone in just 15 weeks. The initiative has received 12 donations of more than $1 million, including the three largest gifts in Rutgers Athletics history, which combine to exceed $11 million. As of early December, 1,788 donors had contributed $42.3 million, totaling $67.3 million toward the campaign. In addition, tax credits of $25 million, which await final approval by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, will help fund the construction.
To view a panorama of the practice field complex, follow this link. Clicking on the white dot at the center of the panorama image will show a 360 degree view both inside and outside the facility.