Thursday, May 17, 2012
BU secures another big stadium donation
By David Ubben
By now, the only question seems to be whether Baylor's new stadium will be ready for the 2014 or 2015 season.
The school received another major donation from Sheila and Walter Umphrey for naming rights of the bridge over the Brazos River that will connect Baylor Stadium with the campus and law school.
Here's a mock-up.
"Baylor University is making enormous strides, and we believe this new stadium will be a showpiece, reflecting the University's remarkable progress and its strong standing in higher education," Umphrey said in a statement. "It is an honor for Sheila and me to attach our name to this significant walkway that will call attention to the quality and competitiveness of both Baylor athletics and Baylor Law School. We're delighted to be a part of this important project with our dear friends John Eddie and Sheridan Williams."
"As a lifelong fan of football in Texas, it is exciting for me to be associated with the creation of the new Baylor Stadium and to do so in a manner that honors Walter's long standing connection to the University and to his beloved Baylor Law School," Sheila Umphrey said.
Baylor already received one major donation from Elizabeth and Drayton McLane Jr. in March to kick off the fundraising effort.
Earlier this month, John Eddie Williams pledged a donation for naming rights of the field inside the stadium.
"The Umphrey's gift, coupled with those Baylor has recently received from Elizabeth and Drayton McLane and their family and John Eddie Williams, continue to demonstrate that there is tremendous excitement, passion and support among the Baylor family for a new Baylor Stadium," Baylor AD Ian McCaw said in a statement.