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SBD/February 14, 2012/Facilities
Published February 14, 2012
CLOSING THE GAP: Legacy Connections Campaign Dir Andrea Van de Kamp said that a “private fund-raising group aiming to plug the Rose Bowl renovation's $20 million financing gap has received $5.7 million in pledges so far.” Van de Kamp added that about “$3.4 million of those are signed pledges in writing while the rest are verbal” and only $500,000 of that amount “has been delivered.” In Pasadena, Brenda Gazzar noted Legacy officials “hope to raise at least $20 million by the time the $160 million stadium renovation is complete in 2014” (PASADENA STAR NEWS, 2/11).
RECRUITING TOOL: In Knoxville, Andrew Gribble noted Univ. of Tennessee football coach Derek Dooley led an “exclusive tour" for the media Thursday through the new practice facility, "which could become the new standard in the SEC recruiting arms race.” The building will “have four areas that Dooley considers to be recruiting showpieces: the weight room, the grand team meeting room, the hydro therapy room and an eating area that Dooley will refer to only as a 'restaurant.'" The weight room leads straight into the “7,000 square foot locker room, which will feature 125 lockers equipped to charge iPods and cellphones” (GOVOLSXTRA.com, 2/10).