C.W. Post Launches Fundraising Campaign for Stadium Renovation
Rita Langdon,Associate Provost and Director of Public Relations
C.W. Post Campus,
Long Island University
Brookville, N.Y.— The C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University has launched a fundraising initiative – the Pioneer Spirit Campaign – to attract major corporate, philanthropic and alumni support to rebuild its football, lacrosse and field hockey stadium. The ultra-modern sports arena, with seating for 4,500 spectators, is scheduled to open for competition play in fall 2012. C.W. Post has 15 varsity sports teams that compete in NCAA Division II and a student body of more than 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students.
Demolition of the existing stadium will begin in spring 2012, once the Pioneer Spirit Campaign has secured a principal naming gift for the stadium ($1.5 million) and an equal amount in contributions from alumni, friends and corporate sponsors. The University will provide the remainder of the total $4.5 million renovation cost.
The first phase of the project includes the removal of the unused track surrounding the current FieldTurf (which will remain undisturbed) along with the east side bleachers and a press box and coaching facility. These structures will be replaced with a high grass berm, landscaped with trees, to define the stadium limits and provide signage opportunities for stadium benefactors. Construction to the west side includes demolition of the existing bleachers to make way for new stadium seating, a press box and coaching facility, a ticket booth as well as an elevator. The facility will be handicapped accessible. The entry plaza, which will connect the stadium to the Pratt Recreation Center, will be re-laid and landscaped.
The facility will be designed to host key University events such as C.W. Post's Commencement, Homecoming and Family Day, regional high school championship games and other important large community gatherings.
"This is a bold and exciting plan to provide C.W. Post students and the campus community with superior athletic and recreational opportunities," said Dr. Paul Forestell, provost of the C.W. Post Campus.
The Pioneer Spirit Campaign is being co-chaired by Long Island University trustees and former C.W. Post football players Peter Gibson '82, co-CEO of the Knowledgent Group Inc., and Sal Naro '83, Vice Chairman of Jefferson National Financial Corp. and CEO of JNF Asset Management.
“My participation as a student-athlete was a major influence in my life,” Gibson said. “It gave me self-discipline, a sense of responsibility to the team, and the confidence to take risks. Through the strong support and core values that were instilled in me, during my college years, I now can give back and make a positive impact in the lives of the current students and I embrace the opportunity to do so.”
“The Pratt Recreation Center and the Stadium serve as the focal point for student life at the campus,” Naro said. “Improving this critical area will not only enhance the current student experience but allow for the continued engagement of the Long Island community around neighborhood wellness programs, local high school championships, concerts and events.”
“C.W. Post has enjoyed a long history of excellence in sports,” said C.W. Post Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Bryan Collins. “We believe this new stadium will be a showcase for our student athletes and will further elevate the profile of our sports teams and school spirit.”
For more information about the new stadium and how to contribute to the Pioneer Spirit Campaign, contact Lisa Mulvey, C.W. Post associate vice president for development and alumni relations, at 516-299-2265 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on C.W. Post athletics, visit www.liu.edu/cwpost/pioneers.
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