THE SAn DiEgO CHARgERS are no strangers to Triton
turf. Starting in 1976, when Chargers owner Alex
Spanos arranged to hold the football team’s annual
training camp on campus, a family legacy of support
has flourished and continues to this day.
With a lead donation of $500,000 from Dean Spanos,
Alex’s son and Chargers chairman of the board, UC
San Diego is constructing the Alex G. Spanos Athletic
Performance Center, slated to open this fall. Situated
above Triton Track and Field Stadium, the new
building will be an expansion and renovation of the
Spanos Training Facility, which Alex donated to the
university in 1988.
The building will include a strength and conditioning
area, outdoor training and performance plaza, and
other features designed to support current student
athletes and better equip the university to recruit
future Triton competitors.
UC San Diego’s entire student body will benefit
as well. While most Triton athletic teams currently
reserve strength training space and equipment at the
shared space of RIMAC, the Alex G. Spanos Athletic
Performance Center will free up equipment and
provide wider access for the greater student body.
“This area holds a special place in my heart. I can
remember being here as a kid during training camps,”
said John Spanos, president-football operations for
the Chargers. “Our grandfather has been a longstanding supporter of UC San Diego, so to carry on his
legacy is special.”
With this donation, the Spanos family has collectively
given more than $1.6 million to UC San Diego’s
intercollegiate athletic programs, the most of any family or single donor.
“We are truly grateful for the Spanos family’s
generosity,” said UC San Diego Athletics Director
Earl W. Edwards. “This new center will be a state-of-the-art training facility that will help ensure that our
Triton student athletes reach their full potential.”
The Spanos family provides new support for student athletes.
B Y BRANDON Yu, ’ 16
A FAMILY AFFAIR
“Our grandfather has been a
longstanding supporter of
uC San Diego, so to carry on
this legacy and that tradition
Dean Spanos (left),
San Diego Chargers
chairman of the board,
with Earl W. Edwards, UC
San Diego athletics director.
OPERATIONS FOR THE CHARGERS