Rutgers Facility Groundbreaking is Game Changer for Scarlet Knights

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Yesterday's landmark deal between Rutgers University and RWJBarnabas Health is going to be a game-changer for the evolving athletic department. Rutgers wants to send a message that it is ready to compete at a Big Ten level.

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights enter uncharted waters with its historic groundbreaking event Tuesday morning for a massive practice facility project. The significance does not stop there, because Rutgers partnered with one of New Jersey's biggest companies to get it done.

  • Here's a look inside the deal that sent shockwaves in New Jersey under the leadership of athletic director Pat Hobbs.
  • This 295,000 square foot facility will be the new practice home for Rutgers basketball.
  • Rutgers partnered with RWJBarnabas Health with an $18 million investment.
  • The RWJBarnabas Health Athletic Performance Center is the prize of a $100 million "R Big Ten Build" fundraising campaign. The ongoing campaign already raised $56.5 million.
  • The campaign includes a $25 million tax credit from Trenton, which awaits final approval by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority.
  • Basketball coach Steve Pikiell called it a "game changer for our athletic department."
  • The facility also becomes home for Rutgers women's basketball, wrestling and gymnastics.
  • Construction begins this spring with a targeted competition date of July 2019.

Check out Scarlet Report's live coverage from the event, including an interview with Hobbs.


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