San Diego State announced on Tuesday that their, well deserving, basketball team will have their very own practice facility. The facility will be a two-level, 23,500-square-foot building and comes with a hefty $14.5 million price tag.
The goal for the facility is to get design approval so that fundraising can begin in January and have the money raised sometime this spring, break ground in May and then have the facility opened in July 2015.
Besides having a facility they can call their own for the basketball team with a pair of full courts, eight hoops, locker rooms, lounge area and a film room; the main reason is obviously to help out in recruiting.
Head coach Steve Fisher has been telling recent recruits, as well as showing them blueprints, of a new facility to entice top-level recruits to come to San Diego State. So far it has worked as the Aztecs have the No. 10 recruiting class of 2014, according to ESPN.
"We've shown them, here's where we plan to put the facility," Fisher told the San Diego Union-Tribune. "It's been an important part (of recruiting). We've said, ‘Our goal is by the end of your freshman year, it will not be on a piece of paper. It will be here, and it will be here for you to utilize.'"
This is something Fisher has wanted since all the way back in 1999 when he took the San Diego State job, and also was discussed in 2010 with his first meeting with athletic director Jim Sterk.
Not only do the top basketball teams in the country have a separate basketball facility but the better teams in the Mountain West have one or will soon. New Mexico has had one since 2005, UNLV has had one for almost two years and Utah State is in the process of building their own.
Here are some other notes from the San Diego Union-Tribune about the facility:
The project will be entirely funded with private money, and not student fees or tax dollars. Sterk said they have $8.1 million in commitments, $6.1 million from 24 donors and $2 million from athletic department revenue. Naming rights have not yet been sold.
Here is a rendering of the basketball facility.