Thanks to a lead commitment of $5 million, the Annenberg Foundation is leading the way to transform the North Atlantic Field on campus into the new home of UCLA men’s and women’s soccer and a UCLA club sports program.
Propelled by the generous gift, the university is embarking on the One Goal Campaign to raise private funds for the planned state-of-the art facility. To honor the foundation’s generosity, UCLA will name the new venue Wallis Annenberg Stadium. Construction will be completed in phases as the funds are raised.
Success Beyond Sports
UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero applauded the Annenberg Foundation for the gift, noting that soccer is the most popular sport around the world and a sport with a storied history at UCLA. Says Guerrero, “Because of the generosity of the Annenberg Foundation, and more specifically Wallis Annenberg, UCLA soccer and the men and women who comprise it will now play on a stage that will undoubtedly be second to none.”
According to Wallis Annenberg, chair of the board, president, and CEO of the foundation, “Nothing does more to build a sense of character, a culture of achievement, and a strong fabric of community than an extraordinary sports program. I can’t think of a worthier investment than UCLA soccer.”
Published December 2016