The arms race refers to the escalating investments being made in college athletic facilities throughout the country. Some universities invest millions in an effort to secure bragging rights.
At Long Beach State, we are fortunate because we do not have to spend as much as other universities on upgrading our facilities. We have the best geography in the world - amazing climate and three airports within short driving distance. We have world class coaches with long tenures that instill confidence. We have access to arguably the best talent pool of student-athletes in the world - Southern California. However, we must participate in the race in order to compete. While we are donor centric and will respond appropriately to interest and capacity for any of our facilities, we have two major facility campaigns at present.
Phase I comprises several capital projects and facility renovations that were deemed a priority by Long Beach State University administrators and Athletics Staff. The initial phase includes the renovation of the Men's & Women's Basketball and Volleyball Locker Rooms in the Walter Pyramid, the largest on-campus, in-arena video board, construction of a new Track & Field Complex, and the expansion of Blair Field.
Recently Completed Facility Enhancement Projects
- Walter Pyramid Ukleja Athletics Suite
- State-of-the-art Scoreboards -
- Blair Field Campaign
The investment opportunities in the Blair Field Renovation Project center on improving recruiting, competition and the fan experience. Thanks to key supporters, including Troy Tulowitzki, Marilyn Bohl, Evan Longoria, Jason Vargas, Skip Keesal and former Long Beach Mayor, Bob Foster, Phase I and Phase II are complete. Future phases include building a first-class clubhouse, upgrading the façade of the facility, and upgrades to fan amenities, including renovations to existing restrooms, concessions, and other public spaces.
Contact Wayne Stickney at (562) 985-5402 or email@example.com for more information OR make a donation by visiting our donation page online and direct your gift to "Blair Field Campaign."
- Soccer/Softball Clubhouse
Our Women's Soccer and Softball teams have experienced national caliber success in spite of significant facility limitations. Both teams are housed in sub-par locker rooms, softball is in dire need of lights and college level dugouts, and women's soccer requires expanded seating and gathering areas due to attendance bursting at the seams. Our vision is to invest in both facilities in an effort to:
- Increase our ability to recruit the best talent in the region and the country;
- Enhance the experience for our current student-athletes;
- Improve the fan experience; and
- Elevate the status and support for our women's teams.
We are aggressively pursuing Phase I in our effort to create a Home Team Advantage. Phase I will include the construction of a Soccer/Softball Clubhouse that will provide a locker room and amenities for both teams. This Clubhouse will create a venue where our coaches will be able to proudly show any prospective athlete a state-of-the-art locker room - currently not the case. These locker rooms will serve as a home-away-from-home for our current student-athletes and provide a sanctuary as they prepare for practice and competition.
Contact Wayne Stickney at (562) 985-5402 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information OR make a donation by visiting our donation page online and direct your gift to "Women's Soccer/Softball Clubhouse Campaign."
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