Our athletics complex redefines how we educate our student-athletes by improving our facilities and the support we provide as they study to achieve academic excellence, develop the necessary skills to become citizen leaders for tomorrow and train to compete for championships.
The complex, with an estimated cost of $180 million, includes a Football Operations Center, an Olympic Sports Center designed to provide support to all 750 student-athletes competing in 27 varsity sports, three natural grass practice fields and the renovation of the McCue Center — the current home of Virginia Football and the primary office building for athletics administration and a majority of our coaches.
Olympic Sports CenterMore
Olympic Sports Center
Imagine a complete performance center where student-athletes train, refuel, prepare for competition, pursue their academic interests, learn from subject matter experts as they seek opportunities following graduation and develop important leadership skills that will last a lifetime.Learn More Close
Football Operations CenterMore
Football Operations Center
The complex includes a Football Operations Center. The current home of Virginia Football, the McCue Center, opened in 1991 and is no longer suitable to house the needs of a Power 5 conference football program. Since the McCue Center opened, every current ACC football program has renovated or opened a new support facility.Learn More Close
Natural Grass Practice FieldsMore
Natural Grass Practice Fields
The addition of two grass practice fields for football and another for field sports will significantly enhance the development of our student-athletes and provides the best chance for them to stay healthy during practice. Fewer injuries occur on grass practice fields than artificial surfaces and grass is the surface most of our field sports compete on throughout their seasons.Learn More Close
The McCue Center is named after long-time UVA athletics sports medicine physician, Dr. Frank McCue III and was dedicated on September 14, 1991. It serves as the current home of Virginia Football, but is no longer suitable to house the needs of a Power 5 conference football program. The McCue Center will be renovated as part of the athletics master plan allowing the Virginia Athletics Foundation and UVA Athletics External Operations to be housed in the athletics precinct.Learn More Close
The UVA athletics department is working closely with the University to help improve connectivity from Central Grounds to North Grounds. The addition of a pedestrian promenade as a prominent feature of the master plan helps provide this connectivity. The promenade also creates opportunities for the recognition of UVA athletics legends and dedicated donors whose financial support help make this project a reality.Learn More Close
In the arena. In our pursuit of knowledge.
In our drive to help others, we lift as we rise.
We have the plans, now we need inspired partners to help us make these plans a reality.
The Grounds For
"It is an honor and a privilege for us to represent the University and the Commonwealth. The facilities master plan is our path forward. We simply cannot do it without the support of our donors."
— CARLA WILLIAMSUVA Athletics Director
We will set the pace, live unafraid and challenge ourselves to create innovative approaches to excel in every endeavor.
That Lasts a Lifetime
The groundwork is in place for this complex to become a reality. We have already constructed temporary locker rooms, a weight room and training facilities that are located in the old Cage parking lot. A grass practice field to the east of the field hockey competition site has been expanded to regulation size for soccer and lacrosse. University Hall, Onesty Hall and the Cage will be demolished, creating space for three practice fields. In addition, a temporary indoor structure will be in place at the Park to accommodate training previously held in the Cage. Renovations have been made in Memorial Gym to meet the needs of the volleyball and wrestling programs during construction.
The athletics master plan, with an estimated cost of $180 million, will become a reality with significant donor contributions from thousands of Cavalier fans. There are a variety of naming opportunities available to recognize this remarkable support. Our student-athletes and coaches are depending on donors to join us in setting this new standard for Virginia Athletics.
This facility project will be the signature component of the athletics portion of the University’s upcoming fundraising effort, Honor the Future: The Campaign for the University of Virginia. Continued support of the Virginia Athletics Foundation Annual Fund and scholarship endowment will be critical to the overall success of Virginia Athletics.Donate Today
Virginia Athletics Master Plan
For more information or to make your commitment, contact the Virginia Athletics Foundation and join us as we work together to build the future of Virginia Athletics.
VAF is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. VAF qualifies for the charitable contribution deduction under Section 170(b)(1)(A) and has been classified as an organization that is not a private foundation under Section 509(a)(1). Please consult your tax advisor.