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Firm chosen to design new football training facility

The UCLA Athletic Department has selected ZGF Architects LLP, an award-winning architectural firm, to design a new football training facility

Wasserman Football Center drawing

The UCLA Athletic Department has selected ZGF Architects LLP, an award-winning architectural firm, to design a new football training facility that will be located on the west side of Spaulding Field, the practice field for the Bruin football team.

The facility, estimated to cost $50 million, will be funded by private donations. The planned state-of-the-art facility is intended to house a locker room, athletic training area, strength and conditioning facility, coaches’ offices, team meeting rooms, equipment rooms and video rooms, in addition to several elements that will feature the storied history of UCLA football.

“UCLA is a special place for student-athletes to compete and pursue their dreams,” said head football coach Jim Mora. “To be able to add a football facility that will help us with player development and growth is simply fantastic. There is so much history here and so many incredible players and moments to celebrate. I love the challenge to get after this, and I know our donors will step up.”

ZGF will work directly with UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero, Mora, the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and the university to develop the size, layout and renderings of the proposed facility. As funding thresholds are achieved, project construction will begin.

“In selecting ZGF, we have chosen one of the preeminent design firms in the nation to help us realize our vision for the new football facility,” Guerrero said. “ZGF’s body of work speaks for itself, and UCLA Athletics is excited to team up with them to create what we both feel will be one of the finest facilities in the country.”

ZGF, which has received national, regional and local awards for its designs, recently completed work on the University of Oregon’s athletic facilities, including the Athletic Medicine Center, the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex (Football Performance Center), and the John E. Jaqua Academic Center for Student Athletes.

Recent projects in Southern California include both the Marion and Jon E. Anderson Pavilion and Saban Research Institute at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center at the California Science Center, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Headquarters and the J. Craig Venter Institute La Jolla. The firm has also worked on projects across the UC system at UC Berkeley, UC Davis and UC San Diego.

With the construction of the new football training facility, the space used currently by the UCLA football program could be reconfigured to benefit student-athletes across all sports. Plans include a renovated strength and conditioning area, increased academic tutoring space and a dedicated student-athlete dining facility and nutrition center.

“This is an exciting project that will continue to propel UCLA football forward by allowing our coaches and student-athletes to teach, learn and develop in a state-of-the-art facility,” Guerrero said. “We are working alongside our campus facility team to create a complex which complements Jim’s vision for our football program.”

For more information or to get involved in the UCLA Football Training Facility campaign, contact Josh Rebholz, associate athletic director, at 310-206-3302, or visit


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