Lions Arena

A Dynamic Athletic and Learning Facility

About the Imagine Campaign

Milestone I – COMPLETED

Vanguard exceeded the $12.9 million campaign goal by raising over $13 million for construction of the Waugh Student Center (completed in 2020) and growth of the University endowment. 

Milestone II

Vanguard forges ahead into our second milestone, seeking to raise $15 million for construction of the new Lions Arena and the continued strengthening of the Vanguard endowment over the next three years

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Vanguard on the Rise

Vanguard is experiencing significant growth while remaining true to our Christ-centered mission that has guided us for over a century. We are paving clear pathways to a Vanguard education, transforming our campus to enhance the student experience, and cultivating resources for academic and career achievement so every student thrives. As we look ahead, we see a Vanguard that is on the rise! 

“Farewell to the Pit” Season Events 

In order to make way for the new Lions Arena, we’re saying goodbye to our current gym – affectionately named the Pit. Home to Vanguard Athletics since 1962, the Pit holds a special place amongst athletes, fans and the community. Join us in this farewell season to the Pit. 

Campus Master Plan

Transforming our campus to enhance the Vanguard experience 

We are gaining significant momentum on our 30-year campus master plan, adopted in 2019. Since completion of the Waugh Student Center in 2020, and with the current construction of the new campus perimeter and corner monument sign, we now look ahead as we continue to enhance the quality of the Vanguard campus experience. 

With new facilities and environments that support our mission and student experience, we will meet the needs of our growing University while bolstering Vanguard’s image in the community and among generations of students and alumni.

Campaign News

Jan. 5, 2022 – Vanguard University announces the Lions Arena, the centerpiece of the second milestone of Imagine: the Campaign for Vanguard University, a $15 million campaign to position Vanguard to be the leading source  

December 2020 – Vanguard has exceeded the $12.9 million Milestone I campaign goal by raising over $13 million for construction of the Waugh Student Center (completed in 2020) and growth of the University endowment. 

February 2019 – Vanguard’s 30-year campus master plan has been approved by the City of Costa Mesa. Including a dozen projects, the master plan establishes a long-term vision for the 40-acre campus that will enhance the VU experience. 

For more than a century, Vanguard has had a singular focus on preparing women and men to fulfill God’s call upon their lives. As a university, we build into people’s lives, and the Imagine campaign is a way to invest in our students today and for years to come.


Would you like more information about the Imagine campaign?

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Laura Capo
Campaign Manager/ Director of Engagement & Development

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