Limited Public Reservations Available For Heritage Hall Re-Opening Gala|
Jan. 13, 2014
A limited number of public reservations are available to the Grand Re-Opening of Heritage Hall gala, featuring a reunion of USC's Athletic Hall of Fame members, on Feb. 1.
A reception begins at 5:30 p.m. and includes tours of Heritage Hall, which has been closed for the past year while undergoing a $35-million renovation, and the adjacent John McKay Center. Dinner begins at 7 p.m. on the field of the McKay Center's Tutor Pavilion, followed by a program with speakers including USC athletic director Pat Haden and several USC Athletic Hall of Famers.
Reservations, priced at $250, are available by calling the Trojan Athletic Fund Office at 213-740-4155.
The 10-class USC Athletic Hall of Fame, which began in 1994, has 223 inductees who are icons of Trojan athletic history.
Heritage Hall, which houses USC's athletic department, opened in 1971 at a cost of $2.8 million and was originally 48,000 square feet. It now will be 80,000 square feet. As part of the renovation, Heritage Hall's two-story Heisman Lobby will be transformed into a state-of-the-art museum space featuring interactive displays. In addition to offices for USC athletic administrators and coaches, there also will be a sports performance center, a broadcast studio, a lounge for Women of Troy student-athletes, a rowing ergometer room and an indoor golf driving area, plus new locker rooms, meeting rooms and equipment room and event space.
The event is part of USC's year-long 125th Anniversary of Athletics celebration, the centerpiece for the USC athletic department's "Heritage Initiative" $300-million fundraising drive. Funds raised for the initiative--the most ambitious in the department's history--support capital projects, annual scholarships for student-athletes, academic support and programming costs, endowments, and recruitment and retention of coaches and staff.
USC, which fields 21 intercollegiate teams (9 men's, 12 women's), has one of the nation's most successful athletic programs. Trojan teams have won 121 national championships (96 men's, 25 women's). USC's men athletes have won more individual NCAA titles (309) than any other school (the Women of Troy have another 70). Troy has more Olympians, medalists and gold medalists than any school: since 1904, 420 Trojans have competed in the Games, winning 135 gold medals (with at least 1 gold in every summer Olympics from 1912), 88 silver and 65 bronze. USC student-athletes have received 52 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships (in the Top 10 among all schools) and Troy has had 32 first team Academic All-Americans and 4 athletes who were Rhodes Scholars.