Fall 2015

Arizona Athletics Expands Its Competitive Edge

Arizona NOW gift impact

Forty-year-old McKale Memorial Center underwent dramatic renovations completed in 2014. On game night, the home of Arizona Basketball now buzzes with fan excitement. Upgraded seating, concessions, and a state-of-the-art scoreboard have transformed the in-game experience for fans — not only for men’s and women’s basketball, but also for volleyball and gymnastics. 

Updates from new lighting to new arena flooring also were incorporated, thanks to $30 million in gifts that offset costs and support the overall success of more than 500 UA student-athletes.    

“I am grateful to the many individuals who supported the McKale Center renovation and helped elevate everything we do for our students and the Wildcat community,” says Greg Byrne, vice president of athletics. 

Renovations to McKale Center will help coaches recruit top talent against Pac-12 institutions and universities. In addition to the amenities for fans, updates include a cutting-edge strength and conditioning facility, renovated locker rooms for the men’s and women’s basketball teams and the women’s volleyball team, a film room, and a study lounge open to every student-athlete.      

“The designated study area helps all of our students who need a place to study after practice, and it enables us to recruit and graduate the best students,” Byrne says.  

Arizona Athletics is funded primarily through self-generated revenue — charitable gifts, ticket sales, sponsorships, and television revenue. Revenue from all sources is invested in scholarships, facilities, equipment, team travel, and other support services.