Capitalizing on the historic success of its football team, the athletics department at the University of Texas at San Antonio on Wednesday launched a $ 70 million fundraising campaign that would fund new and existing sports facilities.
UTSA has already raised $ 30.5 million to meet the overall goal, according to a Press release. The money will be used to create a new athletics district in the southwest quadrant of the university’s main campus northwest of San Antonio.
While the Roadrunners have missed out on a perfect season, the football team – only in its 11th season – could claim another victory on Friday in its first conference championship game against Western Kentucky University.
But it’s not just the success of the football team that drives the fundraising campaign. It builds on the recent opening of the $ 40.4 million Roadrunner Athletics Center of Excellence, a historic season of women’s football and UTSA’s invitation to join the American Athletic Conference. In October, the university also extended head football coach Jeff Traylor’s contract until 2031 for $ 28 million.
Lisa Campos, vice president of intercollegiate athletics, said in the press release that the campaign will create opportunities for people to make investments that will turn the university and San Antonio into “a destination for the champions of Texas and of the nation”.
“This is a historic moment for UTSA Athletics,” she said. “The success of our athletics business is generating unprecedented national attention and creating a unique opportunity to bring our supporters together and create a lasting legacy for UTSA student-athletes. “
In addition to the new athletic district, the campaign will fund an 82,350 square foot Roadrunner Center of Excellence in Athletics (RACE) pavilion designed to protect the university’s athletes from the scorching Texas sun and other conditions. extreme weather; the 14,325 square foot Park West Field House, which will expand the existing complex; and the 49,774-square-foot basketball and volleyball training center, which will feature two full-size NCAA training grounds. The campaign will also support RACE and the Roadrunner Athletic Fund, which provides scholarships and program support for student-athletes.