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SDSU basketball training center to break ground in August; facility named

San Diego State University has scheduled the groundbreaking of its new basketball training facility for next month.

The university announced the plan Friday, also revealing that what had previously been dubbed the basketball performance center will be named the Jeff Jacobs JAM Center in honor of the lead donors toward the project. SDSU said hundreds of supporters contributed to the fundraising effort, most notably Jeff Jacobs and those represented by the JAM acronym in the facility's name: Hal and Debby Jacobs, Steve and Lisa Altman and Jim Morris. The name was approved by the California State University Board of Trustees on Tuesday.

SDSU said the groundbreaking for the 23,500-square-foot facility will take place Aug. 27. The project was designed by JCJ Architecture and is to be built by the Hunt Construction Group. It's expected to be completed by August 2015.

Preliminary site work has already begun where the Jeff Jacobs JAM Center will be located, just south of the Fowler Athletics Center and east of the university's football practice fields. The facility, which will support the continued growth and development of the SDSU Men’s and Women’s basketball teams, will include two full-length courts, eight baskets, locker rooms, film rooms, team lounges, athletic training room and coaches locker rooms.

“Sixteen years ago I was approached by Rick Bay and Steve Fisher to get involved with San Diego State University," Jeff Jacobs, former Qualcomm executive and current vice chair of the NBA's Sacramento Kings, said in a release. “This performance center is a testament to the incredible job Steve Fisher has done. I am very proud to contribute with my brother Hal and great friends Steve Altman and Jim Morris to play a small part in ensuring that the Aztec basketball program remains prominent on the national stage and a very attractive entertainment option for the San Diego community.”

SDSU said sizeable donations were also received from the Manna Charitable Foundation and the Walter and Betty Zable Foundation. The total cost of the project is $14.5 million, of which SDSU said $12.5 million has been raised through private donations.

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