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Multi-million dollar gift to fund construction of premium seating area at NMSU’s Pan Am Center

Rendering of the new six suites and club area
NMSU Athletics
Rendering of the new six suites and club area

LAS CRUCES, New Mexico - New Mexico State University athletics announced Monday an anonymous $2.9 million philanthropic gift to the NMSU Foundation will allow for the creation of a 6-suite and club area at the Pan American Center.

New Mexico State Director of Athletics Mario Moccia announced during a news conference the construction is set to begin Tuesday with a completion date in the fall of 2022. The premium club seating and section of suites will be located on the north end of the center.

Three suites will be built on each end with a 32-seat club section in between and a club area behind that section, described Moccia. This area will be available to club ticket holders and groups during men's and women's basketball games and volleyball games.

"In the pantheon of individual private giving to Aggie athletics in our 100-year history, this is comparable only to the gift made by Stan Fulton to create our athletics center," Moccia said. "The added significance of this gift is that the project will result in a lifelong revenue stream for the Department of Athletics."

Groups can lease these suites on a multi-year basis giving guests vantage points to attend the various concerts and events which are held at the Pan Am Center throughout each year.

"I cannot thank our anonymous donor enough for not just this gift, but for the enterprising business acumen provided on this project that will help our 400 Aggie student-athletes in perpetuity," Moccia added. "The Pan American Center has an incredible history and with projects such as this, as well as our newly-installed video board, we have been able to continue modernizing the facility in ways that will give a new generation of Aggie fans opportunities to create everlasting memories."

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