The UNLV athletic department has announced the largest donation in school history. On Tuesday, the school announced the Fertitta family has donated a cool $10 million towards the construction of a new, state-of-the-art facility for the UNLV football program.
The 73,000-square-foot, two-level facility will conveniently be named the Fertitta Football Complex.
“We believe in the future of Rebel Football under Tony Sanchez’s leadership and are proud to join others in the community in helping make this vital building block for the program become a reality,” the Fertitta family said in a statement.
The facility will include an academic center, locker rooms, offices, meeting rooms, strength & conditioning center, media room, training table and nutrition bar, athletic training center and player lounge.
UNLV currently has raised a total of $16 million, with total estimated costs of the Fertitta Football Complex coming in around $24-26 million.
Here is a quick look through the facility:
If the Fertitta name sounds familiar, it is because Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta, who own 19 Station Casinos in Las Vegas, previously were the owners of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, the mixed martial arts promotion stationed in Las Vegas that recently sold for $4 billion.
It’s great to see their money going to good use.
The Fertitta’s also have a long-standing relationship with UNLV head coach Tony Sanchez, who previously coached Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas. Bishop Gorman was the school where Lorenzo’s son, Nicco Fertitta, played before heading off to join the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
With the new facility and the bright lights of Las Vegas, we will have to see if it helps the UNLV program attract more top recruits in the future.