The Vision

Rutgers is committed to building championship contenders in the Big Ten. This commitment means the university must build premier training facilities for elite student-athletes from New Jersey, the nation, and around the globe.

To fulfill this objective, Rutgers Athletics is embarking on the Big Ten Build, a comprehensive campaign to raise $100 million for new or upgraded athletic facilities.

Phase I of the Big Ten Build, created in collaboration with the University Physical Master Plan, includes three projects: a Multisport Training Complex (RWJBarnabas Health Athletic Performance Center), adjacent to the Rutgers Athletic Center (RAC), the Gary and Barbara Rodkin Center for Academic Success that will also serve as the new home for our Lacrosse and Soccer programs, and an enhanced Football Training Complex, at the Hale Center. These pivotal projects will result in additional square feet of critical training space and will have a dramatic and wide-ranging impact on all 24 Rutgers athletic programs and on the over 600 student-athletes who represent Rutgers on a national stage.

The Big Ten Build will provide state-of-the-art practice centers for men's and women's basketball, wrestling, and gymnastics, as well as key support areas for football, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's soccer and premier academic support services.

These facilities will meet a crucial need for high-performance training, exceptional academic support, first-class sports medicine, and critical shared pathways that will support a championship culture at Rutgers.

Rutgers Athletics' core mission is to graduate student-athletes. To that end, the vacated space in the RAC will become a much-needed expanded academic center and gathering space for all 14 sports that train on the Livingston Campus.

As the newest member of the Big Ten, Rutgers has gained unparalleled exposure. The university's ascent to national prominence will depend on your key support of this game-changing plan.

RWJBarnabas Health Athletic Performance Center

The RWJBarnabas Health Athletic Performance Center and Integrated Parking Facility will satisfy program needs for Rutgers' basketball program and other varsity teams currently accommodated in recreation facilities.

The Goals

The landscape of facilities development in the Big Ten is highly competitive. Some of the nation's most impressive student-athlete performance centers and training facilities are on Big Ten campuses. All 13 of Rutgers' Big Ten peers are undergoing or are about to launch athletic facility campaigns, ranging from $100 million to $350 million.

Although Rutgers Athletics has invested about $118 million in athletic facilities over the past 10 years, most of that spending has gone toward improving the fan experience at High Point Solutions Stadium. There is no better time than now for Rutgers to launch its own facility campaign, which will have a dramatic impact on all varsity athletic programs by providing a first-class opportunity for Rutgers' student-athletes.

The Big Ten Build will help Rutgers Athletics achieve its goal of building championship programs by

  • TRANSFORMING the student-athlete experience through academic and athletic development

  • ATTRACTING AND RETAINING best-in-class students and coaches through state-of-the-art facilities; and

  • CREATING A CHAMPIONSHIP CULTURE dedicated to excellence

Gary and Barbara Rodkin Center for Academic Success

The Gary and Barbara Rodkin Center for Academic Success Lacrosse and Soccer Training Complex serve to support the academic achievements of our Rutgers student-athletes and will also include state-of-the-art training amenities for men's and women's soccer and men's and women's lacrosse.

The Impact

Donor support is essential to helping student-athletes reach new heights and will make their continued success on a national stage possible.

RWJBarnabas Health Athletic Performance Center

  • Unlimited access to practice courts, giving basketball players the opportunity to perfect their skills between classes, meetings, and team practices
  • A wrestling training area that will be one of the finest in the country
  • Equitable training space for female student-athletes
  • A cafĂ© serving healthy meals to student-athletes

Gary and Barbara Rodkin Center for Academic Success

  • An academic center to serve all of our Rutgers Scarlet Knights
  • Environment to support academic advising, learning specialists, one-on-one group tutoring as well as workshops and seminars
  • Team study halls and computer labs
  • An expansive lounge area to foster peer-to-peer learning among student-athletes from all sports
  • A home for men's and women's soccer and men's and women's lacrosse
  • New year-round locker rooms that will not be shared with opposing teams
  • New lounges and meeting spaces in which teams can build camaraderie and trust
  • Strength & Conditioning Area for on-site training and development
  • Additional meeting space to host career networking nights with players and alumni
  • Dedicated training space

Football Training Complex

  • State-of-the-art strength-training facility
  • A larger lounge where student-athletes can study, relax, eat, and bond
  • A larger, modernized locker room to comfortably fit the entire football team
  • Upgraded training and hydrotherapy suite

Football Training Complex

The Football Training Complex is home to administrative and academic services, as well as training facilities for the football program.

R Big Ten Build Society

The R Big Ten Build Society recognizes the leadership supporters of Rutgers Athletics' three Big Ten Build facility projects - the Multisport Training Complex, the Gary and Barbara Rodkin Center for Academic Success, and the Football Training Complex. Members of R Big Ten Build Society make commitments of $25,000 and above over the course of a five year period. These commitments are above and beyond priority seating annual donations and other athletic support. In recognition of their generosity, R Big Ten Build Society members gain access to an exclusive benefits program.

Learn More

For more information about R B1G Build Society please contact the R Fund by phone at (848) 932-7629 or email at .