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New Walk of Champions Unveiled

Athletic Director Mark Massari has announced the kickoff of a $60 million capital campaign that will create a Walk of Champions and include improvements to most of the Gauchos’ current athletic facilities.

Among the improvements planned is the $6 million first phase for a state-of-the-art intercollegiate aquatics facility and upgrades at Harder Stadium in preparation for hosting this year’s national championship men’s soccer tournament and upgrades at the Thunderdome. The plan also calls for improvements at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium (baseball), Gaucho Park (softball) fields, the Pauley track complex, and new tennis courts.

Walk of Champs

The most time sensitive piece of the fundraising will be efforts to get Harder Stadium ready for the 2010 NCAA Men’s Soccer College Cup in December, a coup for the Athletics Department that will show off UC Santa Barbara to a national audience. While major donations have already led to extensive improvements to the playing surface and scoreboard, additional work is needed on the press box, locker rooms, entry plaza and concession facilities for the national tournament.

Massari has repeatedly said that to put Gaucho Athletics on the same nationally competitive level as the academic programs offered at UCSB the facilities around the campus need to be improved. The current effort is in partnership with other units on campus that share their athletic facilities with Intercollegiate Athletics.

One of the first successful events of the capital campaign featured former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda and several Gauchos who currently play in the major leagues, including Colorado Rockies star Ryan Spilborghs ’05. Nearly 200 attended the fundraising gala, organized by UC Santa Barbara but designed to benefit baseball throughout the Santa Barbara community. The effort was aimed at raising money to install lights so that both the Gauchos and local semi-pro team, the Santa Barbara Foresters, could play night games and thus draw larger local baseball audiences.

The Intercollegiate Athletics fundraising effort is a way to define Intercollegiate Athletics’ role within the larger campuswide Campaign for UC Santa Barbara. The Campaign has raised more than $500 million for academic programs, facilities and scholarships.