BIDDEFORD —The University of New England has received $10 million from the Harold Alfond Foundation for the construction of the Harold Alfond Athletics Complex and for the university’s health care work force education program.

This gift was announced this morning by Greg Powell, chairman of the Harold Alfond Foundation, and is the largest gift the university has received to date. The second largest gift was the $2.5 million donated by the Harold Alfond Foundation in 1995 for the construction of the Harold Alfond Center for Health Sciences, where today’s press conference was held.

“This is truly transformative,” University of New England President Danielle Ripich said.

The 105,000-square-foot complex will be situated between the new Sokokis Hall and blue turf athletic field along Route 9. The project will include an ice hockey rink, basketball court, classroom space, fitness center and multi-purpose indoor practice courts that will also be used for large events on campus with a seating capacity of 3,000.

Powell said the gift asks the university to put “a shovel in the ground by next spring and raise $7 million (in matching funds).”

“I think we can do that,” Ripich said.