Rutgers announced its R Big Ten Build campaign Wednesday evening less than two days after a significant assistant from Trenton. Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill into law Tuesday that enables Rutgers to use up to $25 million in tax credits to finance the construction of modern athletic facilities.
Rutgers and athletic director Pat Hobbs jumped on the development with a campaign to raise $100 million.
"For us to be competitive in the Big Ten, we must upgrade our facilities,” Hobbs said in a statement. “It has been 22 years since Rutgers Athletics constructed a new building. Meanwhile, our Big Ten peers have been building state of the art facilities that help them recruit and enable their student athletes to achieve peak performance. Yesterday, we heard from our legislature and our Governor. The State of New Jersey is in. Now we have to be all in. Let’s build this.”