As the result of an $8 million gift, the University of Arizona‘s upcoming indoor sports facility will be named the Cole and Jeannie Davis Sports Center.
Arizona is at work in constructing a new Indoor Sports Center, part of a larger $66 million sports facilities improvement plan. The center will be constructed at the site of baseball’s former home, Kindall/Sancet Stadium–located just east of football’s Arizona Stadium–and serve as both a fan and football program amenity. While its training facilities will include a 90-yard field with a 10-yard end zone, the center will also be open as a hospitality space to fans on football home gamedays.
On Friday, Arizona announced that it received an $8 million gift from Cole and Jeannie Davis, and that the new indoor sports facility will be named in their honor. More from the Arizona Daily Star:
“The Cole and Jeannie Davis Sports Center is going to have an immediate impact on the development of our student-athletes,” UA football coach Kevin Sumlin said. “We will be able to shape our off-season work, training camp and in-season practices in a way that allows us to maximize what we do with our team. On behalf of our entire football program, I am grateful for the tremendous support from Cole and Jeannie. Their generosity is an incredible example of our university’s vision and commitment to the success of our student-athletes.”
UA president Robert C. Robbins called it “a transformative gift.”
“The Davises’ commitment to the success of student-athletes, in every sense of the word, goes well beyond their financial support,” he said. “With warmth and genuine affection, Cole and Jeannie have made an effort to get to know these talented young people over the years and have been a source of inspiration and encouragement. In so many ways, Cole and Jeannie have made an incredible and lasting mark on the University of Arizona, and we are so grateful for their partnership. “
Cole Davis is an Indiana graduate who sold Keystone RV Co. for $141 million in 2001, then moved to Tucson.
Construction on the Cole and Jeannie Davis Sports Center is slated to be completed in January, according to an announcement from Arizona. It is estimated at a cost of $18 million.
Rendering courtesy Arizona Athletics.