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UA announces another donation toward McKale Center renovations

The University of Arizona announced Saturday that it's received several major financial gifts toward planned McKale Center renovations.

The school said it received an $8 million matching donation, meaning that $8 million will be given to the school once it meets that mark. The athletic department has raised $1.6 million toward that goal.

"It's an incredible opportunity that we can potentially double our aggressive fundraising efforts to $16 million essentially overnight if we can meet the goal of the challenge," UA Athletic Director Greg Byrne said in a press release.

If the $8 million matching goal is met, the UA will be at 28.6 million of $30 million required for the project's initial phase. The UA said it expects that funding goal to be met by April, though the total renovations are expected to reach $80 million.

The initial phase is expected to begin in May, pending Arizona Board of Regents approval. Improvements will include upgraded seating, hand rails, enhanced lighting and a new playing floor, as well as upgrades to locker rooms, concessions and restrooms.

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