has announced a $15.2 million gift from an alumni couple for a new student-athletic center on its Blacksburg campus.
Made as part of the "Drive for 25" fundraising campaign, the single largest gift in the university's history will help fund a state-of-the-art athletic center that includes the renovation and expansion of an entire floor of the university's . The addition will include dedicated space for dining, nutrition, and donor hospitality, as well as a seamless connection to the Cassell Coliseum concourse. Construction on the $16.5 million, 17,000-square-foot facility is expected to begin in 2018.
"This generous gift will greatly enhance the recruiting and experience of our student athletes. We deeply appreciate these two alumni friends and their expression of confidence in the university and our athletic program under Whit Babcock," said Virginia Tech president Tim Sands. "This is an extraordinary moment in time to move forward, and whether it's a noteworthy gift, joining the Hokie Club's Drive for 25, or making an annual contribution, everyone's participation will make a difference. There is great strength in numbers and we hope all Hokies will answer the call to support Virginia Tech."
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