Regents Approve Construction of KU Gridiron Club
Sept. 17, 2009
LAWRENCE, Kan. -
The Kansas Board of Regents has approved construction of the KU Gridiron Club, an exclusive club-seating addition to the east side of Memorial Stadium. Information about the Gridiron Club is available at a new web site - www.kugridironclub.com.
The Gridiron Club will be housed in a tower on the east side of Memorial Stadium and will seat some 3,000 fans. It is designed to complement the existing west side scholarship suites and enhance the appearance of the stadium from neighborhoods to the east.
The Williams Educational Fund will offer presentations about the Gridiron Club to anyone wishing to attend. Presentations will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30-7:30 p.m., beginning September 22 and ending November 12. Each session will be held in the Chancellor's Room in the Anderson Family Football Complex. For more information, or to sign up for one of these presentations, please call your Williams Fund account representative or 785.864.7533. Individuals can also visit www.kugridironclub.com for additional information.
Kansas Athletics has announced that the first 500 people who join the Gridiron Club will be invited to a private reception with the Kansas Football coaching staff.
"College football fans dream about an indoor/outdoor atmosphere that has all the amenities of luxury suites," said KU Athletics Director Lew Perkins. "The Gridiron Club will have all that - and more. It's your premium ticket to Kansas Football; it will be the place to be on Saturday afternoons."
Revenue from the sale of seats in the club is expected to finance the project's $34 million construction cost and a $40 million commitment to academic programs at KU.
"I'm pleased to support this project because of its unprecedented $40 million investment in academics." said KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little. "Collegiate athletics provides a number of benefits to universities, both tangible and intangible, but there can be no question about the tremendous value of this commitment to KU students, teachers and researchers. I thank Athletics Director Lew Perkins for making this commitment, which shows how success on the field can translate into direct support for the academic mission."
"We are impressed with Chancellor Gray-Little's vision for the University of Kansas and want to do our part to make it a reality," said Perkins. "Everyone at Kansas Athletics believes that the academic success of the university is paramount, so we're excited to make this investment in the future academic success of KU. We encourage others to invest in the future of this great university."
Chancellor Gray-Little said that specific allocations of the $40 million investment were yet to be determined, but it would support students, faculty and academic programs. She has identified increasing the undergraduate graduation rate, enhancing KU's scholarly and research profile, and securing additional resources as the three initial goals she intends to pursue as chancellor.