Tuesday July 10, 2007Heavener Provides $7 Million Dollar Donation To Gator Athletics
"We are grateful for Bill
Heavener's donation," said head coach Urban
Meyer. "His financial support is a key component in completing the
premier football stadium in the nation. This recent construction project
features a front door look to the stadium that will give fans and former
players a chance to pay tribute to the champions of
The renovation project at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium will enhance the experience for Gator student-athletes, staff and visitors. This project will include the renovation and expansion of the football office complex. An additional 6,815 square feet will be added to the existing square footage, creating a grand total of 12,436 square feet for all football office areas. All of the offices will be equipped with the latest technology.
The cornerstone of the
project will be a new "front door" to the football office complex.
This structure, rising three stories, will be constructed at the southwest
corner of Ben Hill Griffin, at the intersection of
Adjoining the football main entry will be a new 3,821 square-foot football Gator Room. The Gator Room is used by the UAA as meeting room space and will also provide the Gator football program with a central location to house recruiting functions throughout the year. Seating capacity for meals will be 200, with total capacity expected to be 560, and state-of-the-art technology will dominate the space. Incorporated in the Gator Room is an 810 square-foot kitchen, along with ample storage and rest rooms for visitors.
The strength and conditioning complex will expand to a total of 26,685 square feet. This room facilitates over 350 student-athletes throughout the year, and will be furnished with new weight equipment, TV monitors, state-of-the-art sound system and an artificial turf track for speed workouts and other aerobic activity. Strength and conditioning staff offices and student-athlete locker and shower facilities will be located in this area.
Since 1992, Heavener has served as Co-chairman/CEO of Full
Sail Real World Education, a highly-regarded entertainment media college in