Athletics: $17.6 million
To promote camaraderie and pride and to build on our rich winning tradition, ASPIRE seeks to bring
even more prestige to athletics with new and updated venues, facilities and programs.
Attending games with classmates in an attractive setting has long been a central part of an authentic,
enjoyable campus social life, and it’s even more integral here. One of every five traditional JU students
plays on at least one of 19 National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I varsity sports teams.
Jacksonville University will fund new facilities to support our student athletes, alumni and fans now and
for years to come.
Basketball and Volleyball Practice Facility – $7.5 million
With Swisher gymnasium serving the entire student body, a dedicated facility where our men’s and
women’s basketball teams and volleyball team can train, practice and play will contribute significantly
to the strength, vitality and recruiting power of these popular sports programs. Locker rooms, sports
medicine and weight training facilities, offices and a video room will also be included.
Football and Lacrosse Stadium – $4.2 million (Phase 1)
By building a new 4,500-seat football and lacrosse stadium on campus, made possible by the ASPIRE
Campaign, Jacksonville University will greatly improve the home-field advantage enjoyed by our football
and lacrosse teams. Outdoor track events can also be held at the facility, which will have a media area,
concessions and hospitality area. A picturesque setting filled with fans, a marching band and community
supporters to cheer on the Dolphins is the goal in mind.
JU Athletics Center – $5.7 million
This center housing a sports medicine facility, weight room for student athletes and locker rooms for
multiple sports will also be the new home for the Jacksonville University Athletics Hall of Fame, with an
attractive lobby entrance and veranda for entertaining.
Softball Hitting Facility – $200,000
Women’s softball’s loyal fan base will be rewarded with even better prepared athletes after a new
3,000-square-foot softball hitting facility is constructed with funds from ASPIRE. Team members will
use a partially covered pavilion where they can hone their hitting and pitching skills. The facility will have
upgraded batting cages, new pitching nets and a turf-covered padded concrete floor.