Aside from the Hornetsports announcement, here is the alumni website link
. It has a direct link to make a contribution online for those interested.
K that’s not how it works on a scale like this, we talking about a $125M facility. You can’t go for bonding or go back to the students for funding if there is no cash in hand (i.e. collateral). It’ll never get done with pledges alone (or student funding alone).
I attended the event. Good vibe, packed house ranging from students to the long time Hornet donors, great turnout and energy from the leaders driving this effort. Everyone seemed to be on the same page with the vision and goal. I would have liked to see more long term specific details but this is the very crucial first step.
This is what we have all been clamoring for over the years: a public fundraising effort. It’s put up or shut up time. This first years’ push is for the seed money. Quite frankly if $1M can’t be raised in the next 12 months then we can forget about an events center, or any athletics facilities ever getting built. $1M is not even 1% of the total estimated cost, but this $1M will serve as the ground work for future donations (individual, corporate, etc). My take is basically if the initial interest/contributions aren’t there, then there is no reason to push on and we are stuck in The Nest for the long haul, and stuck with Hornet Stadium as is, and pretty much every sub par facility as is.
We bitched a lot over the years about a lot of things: facilities, admin staff, on the field/court production…the list goes on. Now we have new admin in both the University and athletics bureaucracies that are on the same page to address the facility shortcoming along with solid production by the athletic programs themselves to climax interest around this effort. Having met a lot of the athletic admin over the past year and talking with some of the university leadership at last night's event, I’m buying in. Let's get this fvcking thing built.
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