Construction of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas’ new Fertitta Football Complex has hit a snag.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, UNLV officials are delaying work on the interior of the second floor until additional funds are raised.

Athletic director Desiree Reed-Francois said Tuesday that the total cost of the project has risen more than $7 million since the project was announced two years ago, from $24 million to a total of $31 million.  

The second floor will eventually house the coaching staff, which will remain at UNLV's current facility, the Lied Athletic Complex, until the work is complete.

“UNLV has already raised more than 80 percent of the total funds, and we continue to work hard to raise the additional monies,” Reed-Francois said in a statement. “We are only building to the funding that we have committed to this point, and that has meant necessary changes to the design.

“The core function and intent of the project remains unchanged, and it will be true to the purpose of the facility — enhancing the student-athlete experience. Once the remaining funds are committed, we will add state-of-the-art offices for our coaches and other features.”

Once completed, the two-story, 73,000-square-foot Fertitta Football Complex will house locker and meeting rooms, a strength and conditioning center and a training room, among other features. It will sit next to the practice fields at Rebel Park.

Andy Berg is Executive Editor of Athletic Business.