Stockton, Calif. – With gifts and pledges totaling $132,000, Pacific Athletics has announced the completion of Phase I funding to install state-of-the-art lights at Chris Kjeldsen Pool by the end of August 2012. Funding is still ongoing for Phase II upgrades that will include all-new seating on the west side of the pool.
Pacific's head men's water polo coach James Graham said, "I am thrilled that Chris Kjeldsen Pool will soon have outstanding lighting and seating, both of which will greatly improve the experience for our student-athletes and fans, while also allowing us to host the prestigious MPSF Tournament." As a result of these upgrades, for the first time ever, University of the Pacific has been selected to host the 2013 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Men's Water Polo Tournament at Chris Kjeldsen Pool.
Originally constructed in 1973, Chris Kjeldsen Pool has served the University of the Pacific and Stockton communities well for nearly 40 years. Completed in 1997 at a cost of app. $400,000, the Pacific Aquatics Center, located on the east side of Chris Kjeldsen Pool, contains 4,000 square feet of space, including coach and lifeguard offices, team locker rooms and showers, and ample storage space. In 2007, the pool and pool deck underwent a $1.2 million dollar renovation, which included a new scoreboard, updated mechanical equipment, a rim flow gutter system, and resurfacing of the pool with new siding to make it one of the fastest pools in the west.
For Phase II of the current fundraising campaign, donors can even put their names on a seat for a gift of $1,000. Donors will also be allowed to spread their donations over a 5-year pledge period – for example, if you pledge a total of $1,000, you can pay $200 each year for the next 5 years. If you are interested in putting your name on a seat or making a donation toward the new seating at Chris Kjeldsen Pool, please contact Jim Dugoni '86, Associate Director of Athletics for Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (209) 946-2230.