Scholar-Athlete Development Center

We compete at the highest level of collegiate athletics because it reflects our commitment to excellence in all we do, because it helps increase our visibility and engage our alumni in the community, and most important, because it brings to our campus outstanding students with a range of talent to make a distinctive contribution to our community.
-David W. Leebron, Rice University President Rice aspires to be the first-choice university for scholar-athletes who seek to maximize their potential on and off the field. At the center of our recruiting strategy is renovating our building - a new football complex and training facility. Our current stadium is 60 years old and our students have utilized the same training complex since 1971. Meanwhile, our competitors in Texas and beyond have embraced rapid growth and investment in football facilities over the last 25 years. Within the highly competitive recruiting environment in our region, a new building will declare that Rice has every intention of competing at the Division I-A level, while continuing to serve as an academic leader in higher education. The $44.5 million scholar-athlete development center, which will be funded entirely through philanthropy, will be located near the south endzone of Rice Stadium and consist of a state-of-the-art strength training facility, classrooms and study spaces, offices for coaching staff, the Rice Athletic Hall of Fame and a sophisticated rehabilitative- and preventative-medicine facility that will unite our elite scholar-athletes with the nation's leading doctors and researchers from the Texas Medical Center. The renovations also will include a magnificent plaza encompassing the south endzone, which will reenergize the stadium by providing attractive new locations for Owl fans to enjoy pre-game festivities. The endzone will feature approximately eight luxury suites, a grassy knoll for viewing the game and a bricked and manicured landscape surrounded by a wrought-iron fence. The new development center will:
  • Enhance our ability to recruit the most elite scholar-athletes and maximize their potential on and off the field.
  • Solidify our position as a top school for academics, student leadership, civic engagement and career development.
  • Signal to the Rice community and world our dedication to competitive success.
For more information on supporting the Rice Scholar-Athlete Development Center, please contact Marc Laney at 713-348-5086 / or Ashley McKenney at 713-348-6922/

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