San Diego, California - San Diego State held a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Jeff Jacobs JAM Center, the men’s and women’s basketball performance center, on Thursday morning. The JAM Center is scheduled to be completed by August 2015 and in time for the start of the 2015-16 campaign.
SDSU President Dr. Elliot Hirshman, men’s hoops head coach Steve Fisher and Jeff Jacobs spoke before a selected group of invited guests, which included Steve and Lisa Altman, and Jim and Susan Morris, as well as members of both the Aztec men’s and women’s basketball programs. The master of ceremonies for the event was the voice of San Diego State men’s basketball, Ted Leitner.
Preliminary site work started in July where the Jeff Jacobs JAM Center will be located, just south of the Fowler Athletics Center and east of the football practice fields. The facility, which will support the continued growth and development of the SDSU men's and women's basketball teams, includes two full-length courts, eight baskets, locker rooms, film rooms, team lounges, athletic training room and coaches locker rooms.
Hundreds of supporters contributed to the effort to make the Jeff Jacobs JAM Center a reality. In addition to the naming gift from Jeff Jacobs, Hal and Debby Jacobs, Steve and Lisa Altman and Jim Morris, creating the name "JAM" Center, sizeable donations were made from the Manna Charitable Foundation and the Walter and Betty Zable Foundation. The total cost of the project is $14.5 million, of which $12.5 million in private funding has been raised. No state funds will be used to construct this building.
The project was designed by JCJ Architecture and is being built by The Hunt Construction Group.