UW Athletics Reaches $16 Million Fundraising Goal

Nov. 29, 2007

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming Athletics Department has reached its $16 million fundraising goal and with the Wyoming legislature's matching-fund program will have $32 million available for facility enhancements. The announcement was made jointly at a Thursday press conference by University President Tom Buchanan, Vice President for Institutional Advancement Ben Blalock and Athletics Director Tom Burman.

"We couldn't be more excited nor more grateful for the outpouring of support from donors and the state legislature in making this possible," said Burman. "The generosity of the alumni and friends of the University of Wyoming is phenomenal.

"A lot of effort from many people went into reaching this goal. I want to thank President Buchanan, the state legislature and Governor Freudenthal for their commitment to this process. I also want to express our appreciation to Ben Blalock and John Stark, from the UW Foundation, and Paul Roach, chairman of our capital campaign, who worked hand-in-hand with us to complete this very successful fundraising effort."

The UW Athletics capital campaign began in March of 2004. A total of 110 donors contributed to the campaign. A minimum gift of $25,000 was required for a donation to be matched by the state of Wyoming matching fund. Each $25,000 pledge was matched dollar-for-dollar by the fund appropriated by the state legislature.

Facility improvements that have already been completed with use of funds from the campaign are: the new $11 million dollar/87,000 square foot Indoor Practice Facility, the new $1.1 million Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex for men's and women's track and field and women's soccer, a $1 million artificial turf surface installed on Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium and renovation of the upper concourses in War Memorial Stadium.

Future potential projects that are still in the planning phases are: suites and club seating in War Memorial Stadium, lower concourse upgrades on both the east and west sides of the stadium, a facade for the east side of the stadium and upgrades to the UW indoor tennis complex.

The fundraising campaign was the largest in the over 100-year history of UW Athletics.