Capitalizing on its football team’s historic success, the University of Texas at San Antonio’s athletics department launched a $70 million fundraising campaign Wednesday that would pay for new and existing sports facilities.

UTSA has already raised $30.5 million toward the overall goal, according to a press release. The money will go toward creating a new athletics district in the southwest quadrant of the university’s main campus in Northwest San Antonio.

While the Roadrunners missed out on a perfect season, the football team — in just its 11th season — could bring home another win Friday when it plays in its first conference championship game against Western Kentucky University.

But it is not just the football team’s success that is driving the fundraising campaign. It builds upon the recent opening of the $40.4 million Roadrunner Athletics Center of Excellence, a historic women’s soccer season and UTSA’s invitation to join the American Athletic Conference. In October, the university also extended head football Coach Jeff Traylor’s contract through 2031 in a deal worth $28 million.

Lisa Campos, vice president for intercollegiate athletics, said in the press release that the campaign will create chances for people to make investments that will transform the university and San Antonio into “a destination for champions from across Texas and the nation.”

“This is a historic moment for UTSA Athletics,” she said. “The success of our athletics enterprise is generating unprecedented national attention and creating a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bring together our supporters and create a lasting legacy for UTSA student-athletes.”

In addition to the new athletics district, the campaign will finance an 82,350-square-foot Roadrunner Athletics Center of Excellence (RACE) Pavilion designed to protect the university’s athletes from the hot Texas sun and other extreme weather; the 14,325-square-foot Park West Field House that will expand the existing field house; and the 49,774-square-foot Basketball and Volleyball Training Facility, which will have two full-size NCAA practice courts. The campaign also will support the RACE and the Roadrunner Athletic Fund, which provides scholarships and program support for student-athletes.

Brooke Crum

Brooke Crum is the San Antonio Report's education reporter.