March 17, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Due to amazing financial support from private donors combined with matching funds from the Wyoming State Legislature, University of Wyoming Athletics Director Tom Burman announced on Thursday that the $19 million Athletics Facility Campaign, the largest in school history, was completed this month. A total of 92 individuals and corporations contributed money to the campaign. Each of the gifts of $25,000 or more were matched dollar-for-dollar by a fund established by the Wyoming State Legislature, resulting in a total of $38 million being raised to finance new athletics facilities and improvements to existing athletics facilities at UW.
The most recent of the projects that is benefitting from the capital campaign is the War Memorial Stadium East-Side Enhancements and Wildcatter Stadium Club & Suites addition, which is on budget and on schedule to open for the start of Wyoming's 2010 football season.
"Raising $19 million at UW is an extraordinary accomplishment, especially when considering that we have also dramatically increased our annual giving through the Cowboy Joe Club during that same time frame," said Burman. "We want to thank the many individuals who helped make this goal a reality.
"To all those who generously donated to this campaign and to the legislators around the state who made this possible, we can't thank them enough.
"It is truly remarkable to think that we started this project with an original goal of $10 million in March of 2004, and now six years later we have far exceeded that goal."
The original goal of $10 million was increased to $16 million prior to the Wyoming State Legislature appropriating monies for the matching fund. The matching fund was later increased by $3 million, allowing for the campaign to cover the costs of inflation and enhanced plans for specific facilities. UW Athletics, working in conjunction with the UW Foundation, raised a total of $19 million to take advantage of the matching funds.
Among the facilities that were constructed or improved from the $38 million were:
-"The Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex for Soccer and Track and Field including the new Memorial 8 Track
-The Indoor Practice Facility
-Renovations and improvements to the UniWyo Sports Complex for Volleyball and Wrestling
-Jonah Field -- a new artificial turf surface in War Memorial Stadium
-Improvements to the east side of War Memorial Stadium, including a new front entryway, improved seating in both the upper and lower levels and new concession areas and restrooms on the upper and lower concourses.
-The Wildcatter Stadium Club & Suites
The Wildcatter Stadium Club & Suites is the newest addition nearing completion. It will contain 12 suites and 256 club seats with over 50 flat-screen televisions throughout, themed complimentary buffets for all suite and club-seat holders, private elevators, private restrooms and panoramic views.
"We have been very pleased with the entire project," said Jennifer Coast, who is a Capital Projects Manager with the University of Wyoming Facilities Planning Office and is overseeing the construction. "We are on budget and on schedule. In fact, the suite and club-seat portion of the project is ahead of schedule. The east-side stadium renovation is right on schedule. Construction is going very well."
All of the suites were committed by December of 2009 at approximately $40,000 per year, with three, five and seven-year lease agreements being offered. A waiting list is being developed for the suites. Discounts are offered for parties willing to commit to five or seven-year leases.
Presales for the club seats have also been going fast, with 40 percent being sold in the presale phase. Each club seat costs $2,500 per seat, per season for indoor, theatre-style seating. Substantial discounts are available for those willing to commit to three, five or seven-years.
Individuals and corporations interested in purchasing club seats or being placed on the waiting list for suites may contact Josh Rebholz, Associate Athletics Director for Development, at (307) 766-6262.
"As expected with the tremendous fan support we receive, Wildcatter Luxury Suites and Stadium Club seats are going very well," said Rebholz. "With a very limited number of seats and suites available, and the ability to enjoy Wyoming Football from a climate-controlled premium atmosphere, it is no surprise we receive calls almost daily. We encourage interested folks to contact us as soon as possible to take advantage of this exclusive opportunity."
Beginning in mid-July, guided tours of the Wildcatter Stadium Club & Suites may be arranged by contacting the Cowboy Joe Club at (307) 766-6242. There will be a public open house of the new facility in mid-August. A Grand Opening and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony is planned for Friday, Sept. 3, the night prior to Wyoming's home opener versus Southern Utah. That event will honor all donors to the $38 million Athletics Facility Campaign.
Also scheduled to be completed by the Sept. 4 season opener versus Southern Utah is the Wyoming Athletics Legacy Wall, which will feature paver bricks each carrying a unique engraved message on them from individual or corporate donors. Legacy Wall bricks may be purchased for as little as $100 through the Cowboy Joe Club, and must be ordered by July 5 to be installed prior to the 2010 season. The Wyoming Athletics Legacy Wall will be located outside of War Memorial Stadium below each ramp on the east side, and will serve as a lasting tribute to the great fans who have made Cowboy and Cowgirl Athletics a Wyoming legacy.