It's hard to think of a BCS program that could use a facilites upgrade more than UCLA. An outdated infrastructure has always been one of the main reasons (or excuses) why the Bruins historically have not enjoyed the same success on the gridiron as their crosstown rivals. In a time when every single one of UCLA's Pac-12 bunk mates is either massively overhauling an exisiting football facility or building an entirely new one, it's time to get something done.
And at long last, it's finally happening.
The school announced Tuesday plans for a $50 million football-specific facility that will sit to the west of Spaulding Field, the Bruins' practice surface. The new home will feature locker rooms, training areas, offices and video, equipment and meeting rooms.
“There is so much history here and so many incredible players and moments to celebrate,” Jim Mora said in the school's statement. “I love the challenge to get after this, and I know our donors will step up. … We talk about family within our program, and now, we need the entire UCLA family to join us on this endeavor.”
UCLA now has to go out and fundraise to make that $50 million happen, but those in charge are confident it can happen. The product Mora has put on the field certainly doesn't hurt.
“We are working alongside our campus facility team to create a complex which complements Jim’s vision for our football program,” athletic director Dan Guerrero said in a statement. “We have seen time and again Bruin alumni and friends change our future, allowing our programs to thrive, and I am confident our supporters will answer the call.”
Ranked inside the top 15 nationally but, by their own former coach's admission, dead last in the Pac-12 in facilities, the off-the-field portion of UCLA football can finally start the long road to getting up to speed with the considerable progress the Bruins' on-the-field product has achieved in the last two seasons.
Here is a link to UCLA's official page for the new facility.