The University of Central Florida has recently announced its intention to expand its athletics facilities with a $70 million dollar plan to be raised over the course of 10 years. The plan will help all of athletics, but the three largest projects are renovation and improvement of the track and soccer complex, a new academic support center, and renovation of the baseball stadium.
In addition, UCF is looking to upgrade their football stadium, build a new tennis center, and expand the building which houses the football program. Already one the largest schools in the country, Central Florida is committing a large amount of money and effort into making their athletics facilities elite.
While some may mention that UCF’s current announcement comes on the hopes of conference realignment, the bottom line remains that the athletics department has created a plan that will require a massive fundraising effort for an extended period of time. A long-term vision and plan takes a good deal of determination from all those involved at the university.
History has shown that these plans can be successful, many times with program changing results. Indiana University is closing in on completion of a $80 million campaign that included enriching the athletics endowment, increasing annual giving, and constructing three new athletics facilities. Baylor University has also recently wrapped a $95 million campaign that saw numerous facility improvements, including a new academic support building and equestrian center.