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Athletics upgrades illustrate donor dollars at work

by Kate Hofler Dabbs

“If you build it, they will come.”

This quote, made famous in the 1989 film Field of Dreams, is also applicable to Furman. Only in the Furman version, it plays more like “If they fund it, it will come.”

Furman relies on the generosity of donors to support capital projects and building upgrades. Several athletic projects have benefited from designated contributions, and are still seeking support.

REK Center for Intercollegiate Golf: Phase I of the golf center revitalization is complete, with a new short-game facility and renovated practice putting greens. Phase II of the $1.32 million project focuses on expanding the REK Center and a proposed learning center.

Baseball: This spring baseball unveiled a spacious new clubhouse, located down the first base line at Latham Stadium. It features indoor batting cages, coaches’ offices and locker rooms. Other additions to the complex will include an expanded press box and improvements in concessions and seating. To date, $1.85 million has been raised toward the $3.5 million goal.

Pepsi Stadium: The recently completed, $615,000 softball stadium press box provides enhanced coaches’ offices and game-day amenities.

Soccer Fieldhouse (coming soon): The $1.5 million, 5,300-square-foot facility will be located between the west end of Stone Stadium and Latham Stadium. It will have locker rooms, an officials room, concession stands and more, and will feature a second-story viewing deck. Furman has raised approximately $1.2 million toward its goal, with a $450,000 lead gift from Graham Seagraves ’00 and his wife, Jarrell Starnes Seagraves ’00.

Football: Late November brought the demolition of the Paladin Stadium press box to make room for a more expansive version.

Contact or to support the athletics upgrades. The author is Web communications coordinator at Furman.

Last updated March 1, 2013
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