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William & Mary Moves Closer to Fundraising Goal for New Sports Performance Center

The complex encompasses Kaplan Arena, a new Sports Performance Center adjacent to the arena, the Mackesy Tennis Center, Busch Field and the Tribe Field Hockey Center. The project will include approximately 167,000 square feet of renovated and new spaces. (Rendering courtesy of W&M University Advancement)


WILLIAMSBURG — As part of its “All In” fundraising campaign, The College of William & Mary (W&M) has been raising funds to not only renovate Kaplan Arena but also so that it can build a new and improved Sports Performance Center.

Recently, W&M announced that the school is one step closer to making the new athletics complex a reality.

It was published on its website that it recently received new gifts from three donors that totaled more than $1.1 million.

The donors were:

  • All In Campaign Char Sue Hanna Gerdelman
  • Robey “Rob” Estes Jr. and Jean Berger Estes
  • Scott and Betsy Custer

W&M Athletics published that they will take a two-phased approach to the construction project. The first phase will focus primarily on the construction of the Sports Performance Center.

According to W&M Athletics, the Sports Performance Center will be 36,000 square feet and will feature a strength and conditioning area, two hydrotherapy pools, and a sports medicine space. Additionally, the Sports Performance Center will feature both a full-sized basketball and volleyball court.

The second phase will focus on 167,000 square feet of renovated spaces to the Kaplan Arena. There are plans for renovating seating areas, fan amenities, and the entrance/lobby to the arena.

Tribe Athletics features a Fundraising Progress Bar on its website. The progress bar is updated every Monday. As of Dec. 3, 2021, they have raised $37,400,000. In order to start Phase 1 of the project, they will need to raise $7.5 million more.

All In

(Courtesy of William & Mary Athletics)

In 2021, W&M launched a $55-million campaign for W&M Athletics. They named the campaign “All In” and since then it has turned into a school-wide effort for W&M Athletics to rally the entire W&M community.

Concept renderings of what the new Athletics Complex is anticipated to look like can be found on the tribe athletics webpage for the new sports complex.

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