At USC, one thing is almost as constant as the athletic legacy that the university boasts: construction projects. Seemingly every year, there is some building project going on at Troy; last year it was the new, state-of-the-art John McKay athletic facilities and this year, it’s the renovation to Heritage Hall. With that, one particular facet of the building is getting not just a facelift, but a new name, too: Per the Daily Trojan, USC President C. L. Max Nikias and the Trojan athletic department announced this month that the Hall of Champions will be renamed the Pat C. Haden Hall of Champions after athletic director Pat Haden.
To honor his 60th birthday, Haden’s close friends, colleagues, and USC trustees donated $4 million to the athletic department for the new Pat C. Haden Hall of Champions. The university decided to give the hall a new name earlier in the fall 2012, but it was not unveiled until earlier in January, at a private ceremony at Nikias’ house.
“A prominent place in the building that honors the greatest achievements in Trojan history will carry the name of one of the greatest Trojans of all time,” Nikias said of Haden in an official statement. “Your legacy as a student-athlete, as an academic leader and as a person will forever be connected to the storied legacy of USC.”
Among the donors was CEO of Guthy-Renker and former UCLA alumnus, Ben Van de Bunt, making it the largest give to Troy from a former Bruin student body president.
The renovation of the Hall of Champions is part of USC’s $300 million Heritage Initiative, an effort to modernize the 40-year old athletic facilities on campus, with an emphasis on re-vamping the venue that houses USC’s Heisman trophies and those of various national championships from other sports.
The renovation to Heritage Hall–which broke ground last December–costs $35 million. The rest of that $300 million will go towards the construction of the Merle Norman stadium for sand volleyball as well as the renovation of the Uytengsu Aquatics Center.