VILLANOVA, Pa.—It was with a great deal of excitement that construction began in and around Villanova Stadium this week on the West End Zone building, an $18 million project which will create a brand new home for the Wildcats football team. Construction will last over a year on the facility, which will benefit all Villanova student-athletes with a centralized athletic performance center. Fans can return to villanova.com each month during construction to learn more about the project and for construction updates.
“The West End Zone facility is one of the most impactful projects undertaken by Villanova Athletics,” Director of Athletics Vince Nicastro said. “This facility will literally have a positive influence on every one of our programs and student-athletes, and will serve to improve their development both in competition and in the classroom.”
All gifts made towards the West End Zone Project are part of the $600 million university-wide capital campaign, including a one million dollar gift made by Howie and Diane Long. In recognition of their gift, the University will name the weight room in the new facility “The Howie Long Strength Training Center.” In addition, the football program will name its annual top defensive honor “The Howie Long Defensive Player of the Year Award.”
To date, there has been $15 million raised for the West End Zone Project. Additional donations can be made by contacting Jeremy Wang, Executive Director of the Villanova Athletic Fund, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or in the office at 610-519-4566.
The Villanova Stadium West End Zone Project will add on to the Jake Nevin Field House by creating a new facility that will serve as home to the football program while also providing important amenities to meet the growing athletic performance demands for student-athletes across Villanova’s 24 varsity sports. The facility will supply a state-of-the-art athletic training center and “The Howie Long Strength Training Center,” while other amenities will include a new football locker room, coaches’ offices, equipment room, academic support, a 100-seat meeting room and a reception/training table area.
“The West End Zone Project will not only be a game changer for the entire Athletic Department, it will also elevate Villanova Football on many levels,” said Wildcat head coach Andy Talley. “The locker room, offices, meeting space and academic center will provide us with one of the top facilities in all of FCS Football.”