Westleyan University of Texas is putting the spades in the wheels of its project to build a new $ 16.5 million football stadium.
The university announced that administrator Karen Cramer had pledged a $ 5 million donation for the project and will thus become the stadium’s namesake. This will move the Rams out of Farrington Field, where the team currently play, and into their own facilities, located one block north of East Rosedale Street between Binkley Street and Nashville Avenue.
“Karen’s generosity exemplifies the type of philanthropy that enables institutions like Texas Wesleyan University to continue to provide the environment of excellence that we seek,” said Glenn Lewis, Chairman of the Board of Texas Wesleyan, in a press release. “Mere words are not enough to express our gratitude. “
Texas Wesleyan plans to build the stadium in three phases: a training ground and lighting; NCAA certified track; then the bleachers, the press gallery, the sports complex and the concessions.
Plans for the facility have been in the works since 2017, when the university brought football back after a 76-year hiatus. The Rams, who are part of the Sooner Athletic Conference, just finished their fifth season with a 7-3 overall record.
The stadium plays in some of Texas Wesleyan’s biggest campaigns – the Engage 2025 strategic plan (which includes the construction of new facilities, increased community involvement and curriculum development, among other initiatives) and the Rosedale Renaissance (which aims to revitalize the area surrounding the university). Other projects that are part of Rosedale’s Renaissance include renovated storefronts in Blocks 3000 and 3100, the Nick and Lou Martin University Center and The Rosedale – a new $ 10.5 million private student housing development scheduled to open in fall 2022 in East Rosedale and Collard Rue.
“The new stadium will positively impact all aspects of our Engage 2025 strategic plan by improving student, alumni and community engagement, and spurring economic development along Rosedale Street by attracting more people.” in our neighborhood, ”said Texas Wesleyan President Frederick G. Slabach. in a report. “It will also generate a source of revenue to support our sports programs through user fees from external organizations. We are excited about this development for our Polytechnic Heights community and extremely grateful to Karen and her exceptional support. “
Cramer has been a member of the Texas Wesleyan Board of Trustees since 2016, coming from a family of alumni starting with his grandmother, Quilla Viola Umstead Shawver, who graduated in 1917 when the school was known as the name of Texas Woman’s College.
“The Texas Wesleyan is fortunate to have Karen Cramer on our board and as honorary chair of our ‘Engage’. Inspire. Invest.’ Campaign, ”Jerri Schooley, vice president for advancement, said in a statement. “His calm commitment and keen intelligence have served us well over the past five years, some of the most productive philanthropic years in the history of the university. It is champions like Karen who help make the impact of the university on the lives of students possible.