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Facility Friday: UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse, Big-Time Facility Gifts

Jason Scott

Duquesne University officially opened UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse this week with a home game against the University of Dayton. The new home of the school’s basketball programs, the facility features six suites, more accessible concourses, high-definition video boards and two full-size basketball practice courts inside the Joe and Kathy Guyax Plaer Development Center. In addition, the facility offers 10,000 square feet of space for training equipment, sports performance labs and a nutrition center. — Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

San Jose State University announced that it had received a $1 million gift to support the construction of new seating inside the Spartan Soccer Complex and to give additional aid to the Spartan football program. In a release, the school said the gift would allow for the construction of seating for 1,000 fans at the soccer facility, and would continue to support the football program through the Spartan Athletic Center. — SJSUSpartans.com

Oregon State University announced that it had received a $50 million gift, the largest in school history, to complete Reser Stadium. The gift will go toward the $153 million cost of renovating the west side of the stadium, which will be completely demolished and rebuilt. The facility will ultimately include year-round facilities, including an interactive welcome center, new health center facilities and meeting space for students and staff. The renovation will also provide new premium and general seating options in the stadium. — Today.OregonState.edu

Michigan State University announced the largest gift from a single individual in school history — $32 million from alumnus and former basketball walk-on Mat Ishbia — to support the school’s athletics department with expanded facilities and increased career services for student-athletes. The largest portion of the gift, $20 million, will go to support an expansion of the Skandalaris Football Center. Plans call for improving the football auditorium, expanding the weight room, creating new lockers and creating informal meeting spaces. — MSUSpartans.com

Pro Iowa, the campaign working to bring professional soccer to Iowa, is working with real estate developers and the City of Des Moines to redevelop the Dico Superfund site into a reinvestment district that would include Iowa’s first professional soccer stadium. The $535 million plan would develop 65 acres, and include mixed-use facilities such as housing, commerce, entertainment and recreation. — USLProIowa.com

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