Montana State University

MSU's EZ Campaign nets more than $3.2 million for stadium

October 15, 2010

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Just a week after Montana State University received permission to raise private funds to renovate Bobcat Stadium, MSU's EZ Campaign has already raised more than $3.2 million, according to officials with the MSU Foundation.

Michael Stevenson, interim president and chief executive officer of the MSU Foundation, said that the EZ Campaign has raised $3,207,875. With matching funds from the university, the campaign total is $6,415,750, which is about 80 percent of the university's initial $8 million goal. The campaign's Web site (www.montana.edu/EZ) now reflects the new numbers.

Last week, MSU announced that it had received permission to launch the EZ Campaign to raise private funds for a project that will essentially bowl-in the lower level and upgrade the 37-year-old stadium. Old wood and metal bleachers on the south end of the stadium will be replaced with grandstand-style seating to match the seating on the east and west sides of the facility. The plan also includes new locker rooms, public restrooms and concession facilities. The project will add ADA access and required egress and site utilities. A new scoreboard and lighting are also planned.

Private donations will represent more than half of the total funds, the university said. Through a financing arrangement, the university will match up to $4 million that will be repaid from future athletic revenues. MSU President Waded Cruzado emphasized that by law no state funds, student fees or tuition dollars can be used to fund the project.

Cathy Conover (406)994-4571, cconover@montana.edu