UConn announces $8 million gift for soccer stadium

Tony Rizza of the University of Connecticut is #4 in white in this photo taken during the UConn-BU NCAA National Collegiate Men's Division I Soccer Championship second round game at Storrs on Sunday, Nov. 25, 1985. Boston University won the game 2-1. (AP Photo/Bob Child)

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — UConn is moving forward with plans to build a new soccer stadium, thanks in large part to a pledge of $8 million from a former player.

Tony Rizza, a Wall Street investment manager, on Monday announced plans to match up to $5 million in donations for the stadium, which is planned to be built on the footprint of the existing 5,100-seat stadium. Rizza, who played for the Huskies from 1983 to 1986, had already announced a separate gift of $3 million.

The project is the latest in a string of athletic construction projects on campus.

UConn on Friday will dedicate its new $40 million basketball training center. It has committed to building an on-campus hockey arena and also is planning new on-campus facilities for baseball and softball.

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