"We have exceeded the $10 million goal," said Montana State University Foundation president and CEO Michael Stevenson. "Construction bids are being formalized, and we will have a new end zone at the beginning of the 2011 football season."
MSU President Waded Cruzado, who had stated at the outset of the campaign that "failure is not an option," was pleased with the news. "What a great way to start off the new year," she said. "This would not have been possible without the support of hundreds of donors who believed in our vision and responded with speed and generosity."
The effort kicked off with a $1 million gift from an anonymous donor in honor of Sonny Holland and was bolstered by more than $1 million in support from Gene and Jane Thayer of Great Falls. Hundreds of other donors contributed to make the campaign a success.
"This was truly a team effort," said Peter Fields, MSU Athletics director. "This project would not have been successful without the support and involvement of the students, the MSU Foundation, the Quarterback Club, the Alumni Association, the leadership of President Cruzado and especially our great Bobcat fans."
Foundation officials reiterated that the purpose of the stadium project is four-fold: increase student access, increase affordable access for the community, enhance the game day experience and provide added scholarship and financial support.
Preliminary plans show an end zone seating configuration designed to provide fans with the best sightlines. The project oversight committee, after numerous discussions with the architects and the general contractor, is considering the use of higher-quality construction materials for the grandstands, such as pre-cast concrete. Schematics are still being finalized and are expected to be released at the end of January or the beginning of February.
A groundbreaking ceremony is planned for Jan. 28, and a public dedication is expected in the fall. A photo gallery and Webcam will be available at www.msubobcats.com when construction begins.
"Let's build an end zone!" said head football coach Rob Ash, with a broad smile on his face. "I can tell you that everybody connected to the Bobcat football program is ecstatic and looking excitedly to the 2011 season."
Bobcat fans that want to be part of the action at Bobcat Stadium next season can go to www.msubobcatstadium.com for more information and to buy season tickets. Donors to the EZ Campaign are listed at the campaign website at www.montana.edu/EZ.
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