Saint Louis University announced Tuesday that it is making a significant expansion to its athletic facilities, revealing plans for a $20 million, 25,000-square-foot building that will connect to Chaifetz Arena.
The O'Loughlin Family Champions Center, which will be constructed on the northwest end of the arena, will feature basketball and soccer operations suites, a performance nutrition center, a student-athlete development program, a student success suite, a team dining suite and technology suites. Construction on the facility is set to begin next spring, and it's set to open by May 2023.
The facility will be 100% privately funded and will be named in honor of Lodging Hospitality Management CEO Bob O'Laughlin, who contributed significant funds to the project. Other high-profile donors include the Centene Corporation, venture capital investor Richard Chaifetz and World Wide Technology CEO Jim Kavanaugh, among others.
With the addition of the O'Loughlin Family Champions Center, the Billikens will enhance athletic facilities that are already widely considered state of the art. Chaifetz Arena, which opened in 2008, seats 10,600 and hosts the men's and women's basketball and volleyball teams, headlines those facilities.
Artist rendering of the O'Loughlin Family Champions Center courtesy of Saint Louis Billikens athletics.