Gift to scholar-athletes reflects growth and potential of Division I sports.
This story was published in the Fall 2022 issue of UC San Diego Magazine.
After more than three decades of athletic competitions, graduations and concerts, UC San Diego’s RIMAC Arena has been renamed LionTree Arena in recognition of a $5 million gift for scholar-athletes.
LionTree, an independent investment and merchant bank with expertise in technology, media and the digital economy, was founded by Aryeh B. Bourkoff ’95, who serves as the firm’s CEO.
“With Aryeh and LionTree’s generosity, we are able to recruit and retain outstanding scholar-athletes, build strong teams, enrich campus life and elevate our reputation as an academic and athletic powerhouse,” says Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla.
RIMAC Arena will be named LionTree Arena for a period of up to seven years.
“LionTree’s gift is an investment in UC San Diego’s impact, growth and potential,” says Bourkoff. “Stellar scholar-athletes are essential to a successful DI program, and I look forward to experiencing it all first-hand at my first Division I Triton game this fall.”
RIMAC (Recreation, Intramural and Athletic Complex) is a student-driven athletic and event complex that opened in 1995. The arena hosts a range of large spectator events for up to 5,000 people. Recent renovations have included a skybox overlooking the court for 125 guests, the addition of a 50-foot video display screen and a production studio where games are filmed and broadcast live on ESPN+ and other digital and linear broadcast channels.
“My hope is that LionTree Arena will be home to many memorable moments, both on and off the court,” says Bourkoff.
Read more: RIMAC Arena is named LionTree Arena in Honor of Scholarship Gift
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