UCLA Athletics Tuesday announced a $5 million donation from the Annenberg Foundation that will go toward a new soccer-specific stadium at North Athletic Field.
The venue, to be named the Wallis Annenberg Stadium, will be used by the men’s and women’s Division I programs and for club sports, with construction projected to begin this fall.
Current plans include a seating capacity of 3,000, two team locker rooms, stadium lighting and a scoreboard.
UCLA Athletics embarked on the One Goal campaign last May to raise private funds to renovate the teams’ current practice field, site of the new stadium. The initial plan for a soccer-specific stadium included a proposal for a 2,250-capacity venue. “Not only is soccer the most popular sport around the globe, with nearly four percent of the world’s population actively participating, but its legacy and storied history here at UCLA has been well-documented through the years,” said UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero.
“For the Annenberg Foundation to take this type of initiative and make this level of commitment, while remarkable, is not surprising given how deeply it has philanthropically touched all aspects of the greater Los Angeles community,” he said. “Because of the generosity of the Annenberg Foundation, and more specifically Wallis Annenberg, UCLA soccer and the men and women who comprise it, will now play on a stage that will undoubtedly be second to none.”
The new project will be funded by private donations and could cost up to $10 million, UCLA announced. The next steps for the university will be selecting an architect and continuing fundraising efforts.
Both teams currently compete at Drake Stadium, an 11,700-seat facility in which the “locker rooms” are tents set up on opposite ends of the track.
— Wire reports