A representative of the MSU Foundation said that the EZ Campaign has raised $3,440,085. With matching funds provided by a university financing arrangement, the campaign total is now $6,880,170. An updated football field graphic on the campaign's web site (www.montana.edu/EZ) now shows a gold arrow extending to the 14-yard-line, indicating that the campaign is at 86 percent of its goal.
"There continues to be tremendous excitement throughout Bobcat Nation," said MSU Athletic Director Peter Fields. "We're grateful that so many people have stepped forward to say they want to make this happen. We're not at the goal line yet, we haven't scored the touchdown, so we ask Bobcats everywhere to continue to support this project."
A review of the donor roll posted on the campaign website shows donors from different parts of Montana, as well as Colorado, California, Minnesota and Washington.
Two weeks ago, 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.
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