Virginia Tech gift to create athletics performance center
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - Virginia Tech says it has received its largest gift ever to create a Student-Athlete Performance Center. The gift of $15.2 million was announced Monday by university President Tim Sands. The school says it came from an alumni couple who are both Virginia natives. The creation of the Student-Athlete Performance Center will involve a transformation of the fourth floor of the Jamerson Athletics Center. The project, pending the approval of the board of visitors, is expected to begin in 2018. Athletic director Whit Babcock says It will turn a 6,000 square-foot space into a 17,000-foot space with areas for dining, nutrition, donor hospitality and recruiting. It will also include a seamless connection to Cassell Coliseum, the Hokies' basketball arena, which is already accessible from the fourth floor.