MSU Foundation officials announced Tuesday that the EZ Campaign has topped its $4 million goal, raising $4,129,362 in private donations to renovate and expand the south end zone of Bobcat Stadium.
On Oct. 16, the eve of MSU's 2010 homecoming game, Cruzado announced that the university would match up to $4 million of private donations with Regents and university-approved financing that would be paid back over time entirely from athletic department revenues such as ticket sales.
"She said, if the donors will come, we will have a new end zone for 2011," said Phillip Luebke, communications officer for the MSU Foundation. "And the donors have responded by meeting and exceeding our call to action in record time."
Luebke said the $8,129,362 netted will fund the completion of phase one of the renovation, including replacing old wood and metal bleachers on the south end of the stadium with grandstand-style seating to match the seating on the east and west sides of the facility, for a gain of an additional 2,500 seats. The first phase also includes new locker rooms, public restrooms, concession facilities, and a new multi-media scoreboard.
The second phase of the plan, which is estimated at an additional $2 million, would add approximately 2,700 more seats and completely bowl in the south end of the stadium, making for a bigger and better game day experience.
Because the next $2 million must be 100 percent from private donations, Luebke said that the success of the campaign will be determined by the resolve of the donors.
"This is a call to action for anyone who considers themselves a Bobcat to step up and rally behind our president," he said. "The question is will we have an $8 million stadium, or, to use the language of football and the two-point conversion, are we going to go for an additional two?"
Luebke said that question may be answered in the next two days at the meeting of the Montana Board of Regents, which will review the university's plans to build and finance the project.
Meanwhile, he said that anticipation and support continues to build as the Board of Regents deliberates on Thursday and Friday in Missoula.
Further details about the EZ Campaign may be found at: www.montana.edu/EZ
Contact: Phillip Luebke (406) 994-2416, firstname.lastname@example.org