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July 10, 2002
DH 02 TK049
Contact: Thomas Knox
(310) 243-3367




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

$130-Million Facility at California State University, Dominguez Hills
Becomes The Home Depot National Training Center


Carson, CA - California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) is now the home to the "Home Depot" National Training Center. An agreement between the Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), developers of the sports facility, was reached with the home-improvement retailer. The announcement was made at the July 9 media event on campus.

The 10-year, $70-million agreement includes the home-improvement retailer's name added to the world-class sports training enterprise, due to open in June 2003. This agreement is the largest for both a multi-facility training center and a sports venue not dedicated to a single professional team. It also calls for The Home Depot to be the preferred provider of construction materials for the entire project.

Now ringing in as a $130-million investment, the complex has been expanding its base of activities and facilities as quickly as new ideas have taken shape. For sometime, it has included a maximum 27,000-seat soccer stadium; the 13,000-seat Pete Sampras Tennis academy with access to 18 courts; and the upgraded Olympic Velodrome for cycling (which may bring USA Cycling to the complex from Colorado Springs). Now, a 5,000-seat track and field stadium will be added, which could be expanded to 30,000 seats and meet standards set by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The facility could also be the site for the U.S. Track & Filed Championships in 2005. Also planned are facilities for baseball, softball, roller hockey and volleyball.

CSUDH President, James E. Lyons, Sr. is excited about the prospects that this facility will bring to the university and the surrounding communities. He said, "It will put Dominguez Hills on the map and move the university to the next level."

The NFL's San Diego Chargers recently announced plans to move their summer training camp to the sports complex. AEG also reports the facility will become home to the U.S. Soccer Federation, including the U.S. Men's and Women's World Cup teams.

For more information on the "Home Depot" National Training Center, please visit our website at http://www.csudh.edu/admfin/proposal/proposal.htm.

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