July 25, 2008
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
A state budget request from the University of Wyoming approved by UW Trustees last week earned praise from UW tennis head coach Krissy Hall and UW head football coach Joe Glenn. UW's request includes $3 million in athletics facilities matching funds and authority for UW to issue its own revenue bonds to complete the UW Athletics facilities plan. Soaring construction costs required the additional resources to finish the long-standing plans.
With these funds, UW will be able to complete renovating the lower concourse on the west side of War Memorial Stadium, paving the parking lot east of War Memorial, and building a new indoor tennis facility on campus.
"A tennis center will have a huge impact on our Cowgirl program in terms of our recruiting, as well as the caliber of opponent we can attract to compete here," says Krissy Hall, UW head tennis coach. "It will also be a tremendous addition for the tennis-playing community of Wyoming. We are thrilled at what this will mean to the sport of tennis in this state." Joe Glenn, UW head football coach adds,"These improvements will have a significant impact on our fans' experience. They also will enhance the future of an already great stadium. The support of the Governor and the Legislature for Wyoming athletics has just been great."
The UW Athletics Department will raise $3 million in private donations to take advantage of the $3 million in requested matching funds from the state."We are confident we can secure $3 million in private donations," said Tom Burman, University of Wyoming Athletics Director. "This would allow us to complete these very important projects in a fashion that will be first class and make the people of Wyoming proud of their university athletics facilities."
The request will be submitted to Gov. Dave Freudenthal in preparation for the 2009 legislative session.
UW Athletics undertook a private fundraising campaign for athletics facilities that began in March of 2004 and concluded in November of 2007. The $16 million raised was matched by the state for a total of $32 million for these capital improvements:
- UW's new $11 million dollar Indoor Practice Facility for football and soccer
- the $1 million Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex for track and field and soccer
- $1 million artificial turf surface on Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium
- renovation of the upper concourses in War Memorial Stadium.