Kevin Cody

New El Camino College gym includes separate basketball, volleyball facilities.

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Attending the opening of El Camino College’s new gym, which over looks the schools new football stadium, are volleyball coach Richard Blount, State Senator Steve Bradford and athletic director Colin Preston. Photos by Kevin Cody

El Camino College became one of the few colleges in California to have separate basketball and volleyball courts with the opening of the its  new $35 million gymnasium on Friday.

The two-story, 56,000 sq. ft. gym features a 16,000 sq.ft basketball facility with seating for 1,241 fans and a 12,000 sq.ft. volleyball facility with seating for 654 fans. The upstairs includes a 3,000 sq. ft. multi purpose/yoga room with windows overlooking the $48 million Murdoch Football Stadium, which opened in 2016. 

El Camino College President Dena Maloney (with scissors) is joined by board members and elected officials at the new gymnasium ribbon cutting.

At the gym opening, ECC Athletic Director Colin Preston told guests that over 250,000 students have participated in Warrior athletic programs since the school’s founding in 1947. He added that 10 teams posted 3.0 or higher average grade point averages last year.

El Camino women’s volleyball coach Liz Hazell with the Warrior’s new volleyball court in the background.

State Senator Steve Bradford, whose 35th District includes El Camino and who ran track at the school, told guests that a bill he co-authored last year will enable  college athletes to accept payment for use of their names and images for marketing. The bill was signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom last October. NCAA athletes generate over $10 billion annually for colleges and universities, but NCAA rules prohibit student athletes from sharing in these funds. Bradford’s SB 206 prohibits the NCAA from enforcing that rule in California.

Manhattan Beach Mayor Nancy Hersman congratulates El Camino on the opening of its new gym.

The newly completed gym, and football field, as well as new classroom and science labs, have been paid for by $400 million in facility bonds voters approved in 2002 and 2012. ER

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