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Rendering of proposed renovated Cowell Stadium

Rendering of the Cowell Stadium at UNH as it is expected to appear after a $25 million improvement plan. (Courtesy art)

New Athletic Complex as Part of Campus Master Plan

With a focus on meeting its strategic priorities, the University of New Hampshire is moving forward with fundraising and planning for a new athletic complex that will benefit the university, Durham and the Seacoast region, and the state. Athletic facilities and venues, including a new stadium, were identified as a priority in the campus’ master plan to improve recruitment, student satisfaction, and overall visibility in an increasingly competitive marketplace.

Expected to cost $25 million and open in late 2015, the facility, which is referred to as the West Stadium, will offer increased and improved seating, state-of-the art broadcast and WiFi capability, concessions, restrooms, and a special student section. The original concrete section of the current East Side facility dates to the 1930s.

Plans for a new athletic complex were reviewed with the University System of New Hampshire Board of Trustees at its meeting Jan. 30, and the university will make a more detailed request at the April meeting.

“These initial steps are exciting for not only our students but for the greater Durham community and the state,” said UNH President Mark Huddleston. “A new athletic complex will help us build spirit and pride in the state’s flagship public university and directly benefit the local economy.”

Academic buildings remain the university’s highest priority and are consistently part of the university’s long-term planning, Huddleston stressed. Many science and technology buildings have been renovated over the last decade and Hamilton Smith is next on that list. Currently McConnell Hall is under renovation to upgrade classrooms and house the university’s sociology and psychology departments. Other academic buildings recently renovated include Parsons, James and DeMeritt halls, all academic buildings.

“A new venue with a lighted field will allow us to host more state, regional, and national competitions and events like Special Olympics, concerts, and high school championship games,” said UNH Athletic Director Marty Scarano. “Currently we have one of the most out-of-date stadiums in the entire nation. In looking at the new stadiums built at our peer institutions in the last decade, we found most all were funded with a combination of fundraising and internal financing.”

The new athletic complex will offer increased seating capacity of more than 10,000, a new home side on the opposite side of the existing field, and gathering and social spaces. The project will only move forward when the university raises $5 million in donations and the final project cost is no more than $25 million. The university plans to seek internal borrowing for the additional $20 million. The cost of this project will be absorbed within the university’s current five-year financial planning model.

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Final Athletic Alumni Challenge Results

On June 30, 2013, the first official UNH Athletic Alumni Challenge came to an end. We would like to thank all athletic alumni who participated in helping their program compete for the highest participation rate of giving to any area within The Wildcat Fund (includes all Friends groups, athletic scholarships and athletic director’s priorities). The winner of the first annual Athletic Alumni Challenge is the skiing program, with 44 percent of skiing alumni making an annual gift, followed by volleyball (26%) and swimming and diving (23%). The Friends groups for each of these programs will receive bonus rewards of $2,500, $1,500 and $1,000 respectively. Gifts of any size counted in this competition and we are grateful to all those individuals who made a gift. Overall, 20 percent of our athletic alumni made an annual gift to UNH Athletics this past fiscal year as part of the challenge. Congratulations to the skiing program and to all of our teams on a great competition.

Friends of Field Hockey Pre-Game Tailgate at Stanford

Friday, September 6
All are invited to join the Friends of Field Hockey, alumni and parents for a pre-game tailgate at Stanford University on Friday, September 6, 2013. The tailgate will be held at Jimmy’s V’s Sports Café from 4:15–5:45 p.m. at the Arrilaga Family Sports Center (641 Campus Drive, Stanford, CA). UNH Field Hockey will take on Stanford at 6 p.m. at the Varsity Field Hockey Turf. Please RSVP by Tuesday, September 3rd at: www.unh.edu/universityevents or contact Amy Sheehan at amy.sheehan@unh.edu or 603-862-8641

Friends of Men's Basketball Gerry Friel Memorial Golf Tournament

Friday, September 13
The men's basketball program will host the annual Coach Gerry Friel Memorial Golf Tournament on Friday, September 13 at The Links at Outlook in South Berwick, Maine. Tee time is 9 a.m. For more information about the tournament, please contact Scott Weitzell at (603) 862-2490 or unh.hoops@unh.edu. To register, please use this form: REGISTRATION FORM (PDF)

Men’s Soccer Alumni Day

Saturday, September 21
The men’s soccer program is holding an alumni game at Bremner Field on Sat., Sept. 21st at 4 p.m. At 5:45 p.m, there will be a post-game gathering with food and beverages. UNH soccer takes on Grand Canyon University in a non-conference match up at 7 p.m. For more information on the alumni game and tailgate, please contact Ewan Seabrook at ewan.seabrook@unh.edu.

Call for Athletics Hall of Fame Nominations

We are currently accepting nominations for the UNH Athletics Hall of Fame, Class of 2014. To review the full nomination criteria, please go to: www.foundation.unh.edu/nomination-criteria. Please submit a completed nomination form to the Athletics Development office by November 1, 2013 If you have any questions, please contact Amy Sheehan at amy.sheehan@unh.edu or (603) 862-8641.