LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – Three more major gift pledges toward the construction of the Ferttita Football Complex have been received by the school, UNLV Director of Athletics Tina Kunzer-Murphy announced Thursday.
The gifts are worth a combined $3 million and bring the total pledged toward the Fertitta Football Complex to more than $17 million. The entire project is slated to cost approximately $26 million with construction expected to begin this spring.
The future state-of-the-art facility will be home to the Michael Gaughan Training Table after the longtime local hotel owner contributed a gift of $1.5 million.
UNLV alumnus and Rebel football letterman George Maloof Jr. added to a long history of support for the businessman’s former program with a $500,000 gift that includes a naming opportunity to be announced.
Also, a gift from the family trust of the late Geraldine K. Howard also totaled $1 million and will lead to a naming opportunity in honor of her late son, Dennis Lee Howard.
“We’ve always said that this would take a community coming together and I want to thank all of the local families who have joined the Fertittas in helping make this program-changing facility happen,” said Kunzer-Murphy. “We are working hard to finish raising funds for this project and look forward to making more announcements so we can get shovels in the ground.”
“When I first took this job two years ago I talked about the importance of people across the Valley stepping up to help us and I couldn’t be more proud of the way that has materialized,” said UNLV head coach Tony Sanchez. “We still have a ways to go to finish this thing out but the vision and belief by those joining us on this journey has been tremendous to see.”
UNLV Athletics announced the largest single gift in its history on Sept. 13, 2016, as the Fertitta Family pledged $10 million toward the training facility. The 73,000-square-foot, two-level complex will be built on campus in the north end of the team’s practice area and overlook the Ernie Becker Sr. Football Fields at Bill “Wildcat” Morris Rebel Park. The Fertitta Football Complex will be the day-to-day home of the program and include an academic center, locker rooms, offices, meeting rooms, strength & conditioning center, media room, training table and nutrition bar, athletic training center and player lounge.
Visit the website unlvrebels.com/FertittaFootballComplex for more information and renderings of the “New Home of UNLV Rebel Football.”