The next step in the "R Big Ten Build" Plan is perhaps its biggest to day. A fundraising campaign announced shortly after athletic director Pat Hobbs' arrival, the funds raised so far allow Rutgers to break ground on a new multi-sport practice facility in less than one year on the job.
Hobbs made the groundbreaking date official Monday afternoon with an announcement. Rutgers breaks ground Nov. 1 at 10 a.m. on the long-awaited new practice home for Rutgers basketball. The building also houses wrestling and gymnastics.
"This is more than just a groundbreaking," Hobbs said in a statement. "It's a statement that we intend to compete at the highest level by providing our coaches and students with the the best in class resources. It's a statement by the Rutgers faithful that they are all in."
According to Monday's announcement, the complex is designed to be a 295,244-square foot, four-story building.. It will occupy the site of the existing parking lot southwest of the RAC and northwest of the business school
The building also include spaces for sports medicine, strength and conditioning, nutrition and training table, administration and a sports performance lab. An Athletics Hall of Fame, spirit shop and training table will operate off of the main public entry lobby. An integrated multi-story parking deck will serve athletic functions, as well as academics and the future conference center.