Campus: CSU, Fresno -- April 23, 2001

Pacific Bell Named Telecommunications Partner For Fresno State's Save Mart Center

Pacific Bell and the Pacific Bell Directory have been named as the official telecommunications sponsor of the Save Mart Center at Fresno State in a partnership that may provide as much as $1.7 million to support the construction of this new facility.

"I am very pleased that Pacific Bell has stepped forward as a major sponsor for the Save Mart Center project and I deeply appreciate the commitment to help build this premier sports and entertainment facility that will serve the entire Central Valley region," said Fresno State President John D. Welty.

"Not only does this sponsorship help us build the Save Mart Center, it also ensures that the Center is equipped with state-of-the-art communications," Welty said.

The Save Mart Center will be one of the most technologically sophisticated event centers, utilizing Pacific Bell's expertise in the delivery of voice, data and networking services, similar to the infrastructure provided by the company for Pacific Bell Park in San Francisco.

The California State University Board of Trustees approved the Save Mart Center's financing plan on March 22. The project is expected to generate 1,444 full-time jobs during construction. Once completed the project is expected to generate 300 full-time jobs and from $20 million to $22 million in new revenue.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the Save Mart Center will be held Tuesday, May 8, at 12:30 p.m. at Fresno State at the building site east of the Smittcamp Alumni House. The event is open to the public.

Deborah Adishian-Astone, executive director of Auxiliary Services at California State University, Fresno and project director, said the capability of the building's telecommunications infrastructure is a major element of the new facility's construction.

"The Save Mart Center is state-of-the art in every aspect, and it's essential that the telecommunication systems be first-rate," Adishian-Astone said. "Pacific Bell also is committed to providing the project with the utmost attention to competitive pricing and cost control through existing State and CSU agreements."

"Pacific Bell is proud to provide the Save Mart Center with today's advanced technologies," said Bob Campbell, vice president/public sector for Pacific Bell. "Our involvement in Fresno State's Save Mart Center is evidence of our continued support of the university, and the Central Valley region."

Pacific Bell and Pacific Bell Directory have been sponsors of Fresno State's intercollegiate athletic program for the past 10 years.

Pacific Bell is one of the largest communications companies in the world, offering communications products and services ranging from local and toll telephone service, residential and business high-speed data transmission, Internet access, wireless communications and high-tech network solutions.

The Pacific Bell Directory, publisher of the Pacific Bell SMART Yellow Pages®, employs more than 2,300 people. The company publishes 112 directories in California and Nevada, and distributes 35 million directories annually.

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