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The University of Maryland is set to up the new Tyser Tower for the Fall football season.

The University of Maryland is set to up the new Tyser Tower for the Fall football season.

Concordia University receives anonymous donation for baseball field

Austin, TX- Concordia University Texas recently received a $1.5 million anonymous gift for the school’s new baseball stadium. The largest gift in the university’s athletics history, the money will be used to help Concordia Athletics continue to build its facilities after a campus relocation that recently took place. Since 2008, the baseball team has been playing in off-campus ball parks.

Georgia receives go ahead on football facility update

Athens, GA- The University of Georgia was granted the approval of a $40 million upgrade to its football facility-the Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall. The upgrade, which is expected to take 18-24 months, will increase the size of the building as well as create new coaches offices, meeting rooms and a new weight training facility. The overall project will increase the size of the building by 54,000 square feet and enhance the Georgia Football Program.

Maryland Tyser Tower expansion right on time

College Park, MD- The University of Maryland‘s renovation of their football stadium is nearing completion of its first stage of upgrades. The new tower, which is built around the south concourse of the stadium, will now hold 64 luxury suites, additional seating, and more functional areas for the football staff and media. The athletics department is promoting the build through the continual updating of photo galleries and online articles detailing the progress.

The University of West Georgia stadium to open this fall

Carrollton, GA- The University of West Georgia is nearing completion of their brand new football stadium which will be a part of a $34 million, 250-acre athletics complex. The campaign, which is promoted through various avenues, including a link on the front page of the universities main website, will also provide the school with administrative offices, a softball field, a soccer field and two football practice fields. The hope is through the creation of this facility, the university will become a destination for students both academically and athletically.

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MSU's New Heated Golfing Range

MSU's new heated driving range

EAST LANSING, MI- Through the beginning of the month there have been several facility openings across the country. Michigan State recently opened a heated driving range facility for use by their men’s and women’s teams and the public. Located on the university’s golf course, Forest Akers, the driving range will be used throughout the year as the heated stalls will allow athletes to see their ball in flight throughout the year. This facility will work in conjunction with The Rearick Golf Complex to provide the student-athletes with year round practice capabilities.

NEW HAVEN, CT- Yale University recently opened the newly renovated Reese Stadium, a facility used for lacrosse and soccer, this past week. This marks the end of a two phase renovation project kickstarted by a naming gift by Jon and Jason Reese in 2006. The second phase was funded by a “Winning Goal” Campaign which called upon former lacrosse and soccer players to make donations ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 to support the program.

Phase I saw the installation of an artificial turf surface and new lights into the stadium. Phase II, which was just recently completed, includes a new entry plaza, press box, team rooms, new and expanded seats and hospitality areas. The entry plaza posts the name of every player to participate in Yale soccer and lacrosse, as well as a special donor plaque area.

For more information concerning this project, please click here.

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Artist rendering of the new McLane Baseball Stadium

Artist rendering of the new McLane Baseball Stadium

ADF will post a periodic listing of updates and innovations in the world of college athletic facilities and the fundraising tactics used to bring them to life. Listed below is a summary of just a few of the many facility projects taking place in college sports today as a result of donor contributions and tireless efforts from development departments around the nation.

EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan State University Baseball is, undoubtedly, eagerly awaiting the arrival of April 3, 2009. The date marks the highly anticipated opening of McLane Baseball Stadium, which will serve as the new home of the Spartan Baseball Team. According to the MSU Baseball website, the new ballpark will seat approximately 2,500 guests and include a number of desirable amenities including a covered hitting/pitching facility with four indoor batting cages with two clay mounds.

Funding: The $4.3 million renovation of the existing Kobs field was completely funded by alumnus (and owner of the Houston Astros) Drayton McLane. McLane is a graduate of MSU, having received a masters degree in 1959. McLane is no stranger to giving, reportedly donating generous amounts to both Baylor University and University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.

NORMAN, OK – A new practice and competition tennis center is nearing completion in Norman Oklahoma, home of the University of Oklahoma. The Gregg Wadley Pavilion, 55,000 square feet in size, is named after the donor of the project’s lead gift, Gregg Wadley, founder of Datacom Sciences.

Funding: Oklahoma received the lead gift from Wadley in addition to Other major gifts include $1.5 million from Dallas businessman, OU alumni and former OU tennis letter winner Tim Headington, and $1 million from the Sarkeys Foundation.

IOWA CITY, IA – Carver-Hawkeye Arena, home of the University of Iowa Basketball, Volleyball, and Wrestling programs, will be getting a facelift over the next few years. The renovation plans call for the addition of a practice gym, upgrades to coaching and administrative office space, and the addition of premium club seating.

The Athletic Department plans to pay for the upgrades entirely on their own, which are expected to top $47 million, through a combination of donations and issuance of bonds. The goal is to secure $20 million in donations by way of a set of creative naming opportunities in the arena including: Basketball Court ($5 million), Practice Center ($2 million), Strength and Conditioning Center ($500k), Meeting Rooms ($250k), and Coaches Offices ($100k each), among others. In addition, approximately 550 premium club seats for men’s basketball should serve as another fund-generator with seat prices ranging anywhere from $12,500 to $250,000 for the rights to purchase tickets in the premium area.

FedEx executive Alan B. Graf Jr. presents Memphis AD R.C. Johnson with $3 million donation.

FedEx executive Alan B. Graf Jr. presents Memphis AD R.C. Johnson with $3 million donation.

MEMPHIS, TN – The University of Memphis Baseball team wont be playing their home games at Nat Buring Stadium for the first time since it opened in 1972, but I doubt they are complaining. Their temporary home will be AutoZone Park (home of the Memphis Redbirds minor league team) due to the renovations taking place at “The Nat.” The renovation process will end with the opening of FedExPark next spring. The new baseball stadium will add a press box and suites, a new baseball clubhouse, new dugouts, new concession stands and new restroom facilities to the Tigers’ current home field.

Funding: Memphis’ relationship with FedEx continues to be a benefit to the program. Funding for the new stadium came from FedEx last fall, when FedEx CFO and executive vice president Alan B. Graf Jr. presented athletics director, R.C. Johnson, with a check for $3 million.

ATLANTA, GA – In just a few short days the ribbon will be cut on the new Georgia Tech Softball Stadium. The $5 million stadium, which has been in the works for over ten years, will play host to it’s first game on March 10, 2009. The new stadium comes complete with seating for 1,500, lights for night play, and meeting room space for the players.

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This indoor facility is one example of the top notch facilities Nebraska has to offer.

This indoor facility is one example of the top notch facilities Nebraska has to offer.

On the shoulders of the recent $10 million gift from Tom and Mary Hendricks to the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, the school has recently announced that a new practice facility for Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Gymnastics, and Wrestling is now in the works. The new facility, which will provide a convenient and less impacted practice area for each of the teams, is officially called the Devaney Center Improvements Project. In addition to the practice facility, the project will also include repairs to the Bob Devaney Sports Center, updates to the coaching offices, and improvements to the athletic medicine department that is housed in the building.

Mr. Hendricks is a co-founder and Executive Vice President of Tenaska, Inc, a power and energy marketer out of Omaha, Nebraska and a graduate of Nebraska. The $10 million gift is just a part of the estimated $17 million that will be raised in order to complete the renovation, which is scheduled to begin in August of 2010. The completion of the practice facility would be the third on the Nebraska campus. Cook Pavilion, at a cost of nearly $3 million dollars, is an indoor practice facility for the Husker football program and opened in 1989. Hawks Championship Center ($50 million, 2006) is available to all Husker teams and includes a full football field, batting cages, a sand volleyball court, and practice space for countless other teams.

For more information concenering this project, click here or here. For more information on University of Nebraska facilities, click here.

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A view of Indiana's new North End Zone Facility set to be finished in June.

A view of Indiana's new North End Zone Facility set to be finished in June.

Last month I had the pleasure of visiting Indiana University’s campus for a summer internship opportunity. During my time there, I was able to tour facilities and meet with the staff of the Varsity Club, the main fundraising arm of IU Athletics. While we are all familiar with the continuity difficulties this department has experienced over the past year, it is a testament to the staff of the Varsity Club that their capital campaign is progressing right on schedule.

The North End Zone project is nearing completion with a move in date to occur this summer. Additionally, the skeleton of a state-of-the art basketball practice facility has been erected. This is all part of a For the Glory of Old IU campaign that has taken place over the past four years, which seeks to raise over $80 million in private support.

The staff has done a tremendous job maintaining focus and continuing to enhance the lives of Indiana’s student-athletes. To learn more about this remarkable campaign and the people who are making it happen, click here.

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