By Cabria Kirby
Football and Men’s Basketball seem to be the two sports that many universities invest in! While the university does invest a lot of money into these programs, Football is a big one at UNLV but, the donors play a huge role into the success of the program.
The $34 billion dollar Fertitta Football Complex is the latest addition to the UNLV campus. The goal of the Fertitta Football Complex is to provide football players with a place to train, eat, learn and grow.
The complex has become the home for the rebel football players and with all the special amenities they get everything they need in one building. The building is state-of-the-art including strength and conditioning room, coaching offices, film auditorium, game room, strip views, players lounge, cafeteria open to all student athletes and even a barbershop.
The football players are beyond grateful to everyone who played a role in creating this masterpiece including former Head Coach, Tony Sanchez.
With a complex that has all the bells and whistles the Rebels are able to recruit at a higher level. Hiring new Head Coach, Marcus Arroyo from Oregon has also helped on the recruit aspect along with the complex to draw athletes in.
UNLV Junior Wide Receiver, Randal Grimes is so happy that he returned back home to change the program and have the support of his family back here. “My favorite part about the whole complex is the players lounge and the barbershop, we always talked about having a barbershop and now we do… not that we use it so much but we have it.”
Randal is in love with the complex and being a transfer from USC he knows that it will help with recruiting. He remember when he was on visits during the commitment process the place where you spend the most time in is something that you want to be state-of-the-art.
The complex is serving its purpose.
After just opening, Marcus Arroyo’s first recruiting class is top ranked in the Mountain West and includes players from 10 different states as far as South Carolina and Florida.
The first season for Head Coach, Marcus Arroyo will be a big one. The Rebels take on a big first season in the brand new, Allegiant Stadium which will also be the home for the Las Vegas Raiders.
UNLV Football players are eager to get back on the field in their new home turf and show students, administration, donors and coaches how hard they have been working!