About two hours before tip-off and across the street from the McKale Center ticket office, the UA broke ground on a new academic center for the school’s student-athletes.
The facility will be known as the C.A.T.S. Academic Center, and was brought about thanks to $4.5 million combined in donations from Steve and Margot Kerr ($500,000), Andrew and Kirsten Braccia ($2.5 million), Dr. David Lapan ($1 million) and an anonymous donor ($500,000).
“It’s a huge game-changer,” Byrne said. “It’s a big help for us from a recruiting standpoint. Families want to send their sons and daughters where they feel is that total commitment to them.”
It’s a $7.25 million project that’s expected to be completed sometime around October.