Virginia Commonwealth University Receives $3 Million for Basketball Facility

The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics at Virginia Commonwealth University has announced a ten-year, $3 million pledge from global packaging company MeadWestvaco (MWV) toward construction of a new basketball facility.

Slated to be built next to the Stuart C. Siegel Center in downtown Richmond, the VCU Basketball Complex will enable VCU Athletics to centralize the basketball program's activities — strength training, academic advising, video study, individual skills development, team meals, and practice — under one roof.

MWV previously has partnered with the VCU Schools of Business, Engineering, Government and Public Affairs, and Pharmacy, as well as the Rice Center for Environmental Life Sciences and the da Vinci Center for Innovation.

"VCU is a vital and vibrant part of our Richmond community," said MWV board chair and CEO John A. Luke, Jr. "The success of VCU's basketball team has attracted national attention and raised the university's profile on the court and in the classroom. MWV is proud to support the continued growth of this world-class university in our community."

"MeadWestvaco Makes Transformative Gift to VCU Athletics." Virginia Commonwealth University Press Release 02/25/2013.