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The 6,150-seat Alex G. Spanos Center will undergo much needed renovations thanks in part to a generous $1 million gift from the Spanos family.

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Spanos Center to get much needed upgrades from Spanos family

Sep 19, 2017

University of the Pacific's iconic Alex G. Spanos Center will be getting some much needed renovations thanks in part to a generous $1 million gift from the Spanos family. The donation will be targeted for multi-phased improvements and updates to the facility that has served as the home of Pacific's championship-winning basketball and volleyball teams and a hub for student and community events since 1981.

"We're so excited and appreciative of the Spanos family for stepping forward," said Pacific President Pamela A. Eibeck. "This gift will help offset costs associated with planned renovations to modernize the center and construct new additions that better serve our student-athletes, alumni and the region."

The Spanos family has shown extraordinary leadership and generosity to Pacific and the Stockton community. Alex G. Spanos, for whom the stadium is named, is a Stockton-based businessman who owns the NFL's Los Angeles Chargers and A.G. Spanos Companies, one of the leading real estate and development companies in the nation.

Spanos attended Pacific and majored in engineering prior to serving in World War II. He served on Pacific's Board of Regents from 1972-1982 and holds an honorary Doctor of Law degree from the university. Two of Spanos' children attended Pacific and the family maintains strong ties to the university. In 2002, the Pacific Alumni Association awarded the Spanos family the Outstanding Family Award that recognizes a family who attended Pacific and gave special service, outstanding contributions or great honor to the University.

The family has generously funded scholarships and supported campus improvements, including renovations to the Faye Spanos Concert Hall that was dedicated in honor of Alex's wife, Faye, in 1987. This most recent gift that will help renovate the Spanos Center is one more addition to their long list of contributions.

The 6,150-seat arena, located on the southwest corner of the Pacific campus, sees more than 100,000 visitors annually for sporting events, concerts, graduations and community functions. Though some improvements have been made through the years, including the installation of a new floor featuring Pacific's Powercat logo in 2000, the university plans to make additional changes.

"Right now we're focusing on improving the overall fan experience through branding, accessibility upgrades and improvements to lighting and infrastructure," said Wes Yourth, interim director of athletics. "Our goal is to implement branding and fan experience strategies this fall. For the major renovations we've engaged a design team to develop an accessibility, lighting and infrastructure plan over the course of the 2017-18 academic year."

Planned renovations include updating the video boards and trading in the center's outdated metal halide lights for energy efficient LED lights.

"The energy and cost savings from switching to LED alone will be huge," said Yourth. "New lights will improve the center and significantly reduce the university's carbon footprint."

In addition, the Athletic Department plans to add new basketball stanchions that comply with NCAA requirements and make significant Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) upgrades focusing on handrails, bathrooms and arena seating.

Thanks to the Spanos family's continued generosity, the Pacific Tigers and Stockton community will have another big win to celebrate.

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