The steel structure elements are largely in place for the University of Arizona's indoor sports center, formerly the site of Sancet Stadium, Oct. 18, 2018, in Tucson, Ariz. The project is estimated to be completed by the end of the year.

Arizona's new indoor sports center has a name. 

The Cole and Jeannie Davis Sports Center will serve as the practice facility for Arizona's football team and as a gathering place for fans on game days. The UA announced Friday that the Davises have committed $8 million toward the ongoing construction of the project, which is scheduled to open early next year.

The couple has given Arizona's athletic department $18 million total in donations. The Davises helped pay to renovate McKale Center and financed a strength and conditioning center adjacent to Richard Jefferson Gymnasium, among other projects.

The Cole and Jeannie Davis Sports Center is a $15 million facility being built just east of Arizona Stadium on the old site of Kindall/Sancet Stadium, spanning from East Sixth Street to the Ginny L. Clements Academic Center.  It includes a 90-yard field with a 10-yard end zone. The climate-controlled facility will be open to fans on game days as part of athletic director Dave Heeke's plan to improve the game-day experience at Arizona Stadium.

"The Cole and Jeannie Davis Sports Center is going to have an immediate impact on the development of our student-athletes," UA football coach Kevin Sumlin said. "We will be able to shape our off-season work, training camp and in-season practices in a way that allows us to maximize what we do with our team. On behalf of our entire football program, I am grateful for the tremendous support from Cole and Jeannie. Their generosity is an incredible example of our university's vision and commitment to the success of our student-athletes."

UA president Robert C. Robbins called it "a transformative gift."

"The Davises' commitment to the success of student-athletes, in every sense of the word, goes well beyond their financial support," he said. "With warmth and genuine affection, Cole and Jeannie have made an effort to get to know these talented young people over the years and have been a source of inspiration and encouragement. In so many ways, Cole and Jeannie have made an incredible and lasting mark on the University of Arizona, and we are so grateful for their partnership. "

Cole Davis is an Indiana graduate who sold Keystone RV Co. for $141 million in 2001, then moved to Tucson.

"What we love about our community and the University of Arizona is the people," he said. "Our passion in Tucson is helping young men and women aspire for greatness and achieve their dreams. Student-athletes at Arizona compete at the highest levels as part of a team, strive for success in the classroom and aim to make a difference in our community."

The Sports Center is part of a $66 million plan to upgrade the UA's sports facilities, which includes McKale Center, Arizona Stadium, Hillenbrand Aquatic Center and Rita Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium. Student fees, donor contributions and Pac-12 media rights revenue will help fund the projects. 


Contact sports content producer Justin Spears at 573-4312 or jspears@tucson.com. On Twitter @justinesports

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