LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) – Boyd Gaming Corporation and the Boyd Family made major commitments to a multi-use indoor sports practice facility for UNLV.

The aggregate $6.5 million contribution is the largest combined family and corporate gift in UNLV Athletics history, according to a press release provided from the university. Officials say it will benefit most of the sports programs.

“We are proud to begin the next chapter in a decades-long partnership between Boyd Gaming, the Boyd Family and UNLV,” said Marianne Johnson, Executive Chairman of Boyd Gaming. “What is particularly exciting for our family and our Company is that this state-of-the-art practice facility will touch almost every program across UNLV Athletics, benefitting both men’s and women’s sports alike. We look forward to many more years of success on and off the field by UNLV’s incredible student-athletes, and we will continue to be there to support them every step of the way.”

This is part of the program’s first comprehensive capital campaign “Rebel Up.” The campaign’s goal is to fundraise $150 million to enhance areas of the athletics program.

The Las Vegas Raiders Foundation donated $1 million to the football program late last year. The athletics program also received the following:

  • $250,000 (Anonymous)
  • $200,000 (Aldo Madrigrano Family)
  • $150,000 (Rebel Football Foundation)
  • $100,000 (Anonymous)

“The Boyd name has long been associated with academics and athletics excellence at UNLV, and we’re incredibly grateful for their lasting commitment to our university and its continued success,” said UNLV President Keith E. Whitfield. “As the competitive landscape in college athletics continues to evolve, the Boyd Family and Boyd Gaming’s support toward a new multi-purpose facility will elevate the student-athlete experience and ensure that our athletics programs are positioned to thrive for years to come.”

Previously, Boyd Gaming previously committed $5 million in 2018 that supported renovations to the Lied Athletic Complex, scholarships and softball. William S. Boyd and the Boyd Family have contributed over $30 million in establishing and supporting the William S. Boyd School of Law at UNLV.

“UNLV Athletics is extremely thankful for the many years of support provided by the Boyd Family and Boyd Gaming,” UNLV Director of Athletics Erick Harper said. “We cannot thank them enough for their tremendous generosity and commitment to Rebel Athletics, which spans decades. This gift is part of the ‘Rebel Up’ campaign to help UNLV Athletics continue its mission of enhancing the student-athlete experience. The new multi-use facility is a part of enhancing our new facilities and will increase momentum to further the campaign initiatives.”


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