MU Athletics receives $8M donation for football facility

10 months 2 days 16 hours ago Wednesday, October 19 2016 Oct 19, 2016 Wednesday, October 19, 2016 10:08:00 AM CDT October 19, 2016 in News
By: Zachary Reger, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

COLUMBIA — The MU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced another multi-million dollar gift on Wednesday, following a separate record-setting donation in early September.

The anonymous $8 million donation, along with the $10 million gift from September, will go toward construction on a new football training facility on the south side of Memorial Stadium.

The new facility is estimated to cost $75 million. With the new donation, the athletics department says it has raised $67 million of that goal.

Both gifts are among the top-five largest in the football program's history.

"I can't say enough just how thankful we are for gifts like this," said Head Football Coach Barry Odom in a press release. "We're going to create a first-class facility, something that our fans will be proud of, and something that will have a huge impact for years to come for our student-athletes."

Specific details on the new facility will not be available until final construction plans are approved. The athletics department will meet with architects, then present a final plan and funding model to the UM Board of Curators in February, according to Director of Athletics Jim Sterk.

 

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