The 110,000-square foot, $70-million facility will be built next to Heritage Hall.
A new 110,000-square foot building that will house meeting rooms, coaches offices and a locker room for the football program, as well as an academic center, weight room, athletic training room and state-of-the-art digital media production facility for all of USC’s 21 sports, will be built directly west of Heritage Hall on the USC campus, Trojan athletic director Pat Haden announced today (Oct. 30).
Groundbreaking on the project is planned for January 2011 and construction will take about 18 months. The 2-story building will include a basement, and will feature a brick exterior that matches the architecture of most USC buildings. State-of-the-art technology will be included throughout the building. It will be located on the site of the current intramural field that is adjacent to Heritage Hall and the Galen Dining Center. That field will be relocated just south of its current spot, between this new building and Loker Track Stadium. Fundraising has begun for the $70 million project, which will include the cost of the building, a maintenance endowment, and renovation of vacated space in Heritage Hall.
“I am delighted that the president and University leaders share our vision about the necessity and value of this new athletic building,” said Haden. “This facility has been in the formative stages for a while now and I am excited that we are ready to move forward. While Heritage Hall will always be the central point of our athletic department, the reality is that we have outgrown Heritage Hall and we are badly undersized and overcrowded in there. This new building will be the finest of its kind anywhere and will provide our student-athletes every opportunity to succeed academically and athletically.”