As the Heidelberg football team arrived on campus Wednesday to begin practices for the 2013-14 campaign, President Rob Huntington provided his customary greeting and well wishes to all of the student-athletes. He also gave an update to the team and coaches about progress on the upcoming Athletic Stadium and Alumni Center project.
Recent gifts, including a major gift from an anonymous donor, have pushed the fund-raising effort into the “red zone,” Huntington said. As of today, a total of $3.7 million in cash and pledges have been committed for the project. If momentum continues and the university reaches its $4.45 million goal and approval from the Board of Trustees, construction on the stadium project could begin this fall.
“Our goal is in sight,” Huntington said. “As we get closer, we can already feel the excitement beginning to build. We only need another $750,000 to cross the goal line.”
The new facility will accommodate a crowd of 1,500 (seating for about 1,200) at Mayer Field, home to the Student Prince football team. Its three levels, built into the hillside on Greenfield Street, will include a press box, ticket windows, concessions, locker rooms and an indoor sports room for wrestling and baseball. The Alumni Center will feature a reception area, an exhibit gallery and a private viewing deck. Outdoor amenities will include a Game Day Field near the main entrance for pregame activities, outdoor events and student recreation.
“The Athletic Stadium and Alumni Center will be an energizing gateway to invite new students, engage current students and welcome back former students onto campus for exciting events and integrated educational experiences,” Huntington said.
Head Football Coach Mike Hallett added, “This stadium will put us on par with our competition. It will showcase the campus and open up a vision for what it can be.”
Stay tuned for additional details. For more information about the Athletic Stadium and Alumni Center project and how you can help us reach the end zone, visit www.heidelberg.edu/stadium.