Nov. 3, 2012
WACO, Texas -- As part of its annual Homecoming meeting, the Baylor Regents honored Baylor Stadium Founders for their transformational leadership and financial support for the University's new on-campus football stadium during a private reception Thursday evening at the Alwin O. and Dorothy Highers Athletics Complex. The $250 million on-campus stadium is under construction on a 93-acre site at the intersection of Interstate 35 and the Brazos River. When it opens in fall 2014, Baylor Stadium will be one of America's most dynamic college football stadiums.
Regents recognized the following Stadium Founders, leaders who have stepped out boldly with significant gifts that have helped to make the dream of a new stadium a reality:
The McLane Family of Temple: Drayton, BBA '58, and Elizabeth McLane Jr., Drayton, BBA '96, and Amy McLane III, and Denton, BBA `99, and Amy McLane
John Eddie, BBA '76, JD '78, and Sheridan Williams, of Houston
Paul, BBA'79, and Alejandra Foster, of El Paso
Clifton, BBA '63, and Betsy, BA '71, Robinson, of Waco
"Two years from now, when Baylor University alumni and friends return to campus for Homecoming, our festivities will once again celebrate our storied history and honor our rich traditions. In 2014, we will also reclaim another proud Baylor tradition when the Bears take the field for their first season in Baylor Stadium," said Baylor President Ken Starr. "The new facility will return football to campus after a 77-year absence, transforming our community and engaging the entire Baylor family in a vibrant game-day experience. We are so grateful to our loyal, courageous and generous Baylor Stadium Founders - Drayton and Elizabeth McLane and their family, John Eddie and Sheridan Williams, Paul and Alejandra Foster, and Clifton and Betsy Robinson - and we honor them for their transformational leadership and financial support that have brought to life our dream of an on-campus stadium that will impact the University for generations to come."
Construction began this fall following a successful fundraising campaign, which continues, along with $35 million in TIF funding approved in August by the Waco City Council.
In addition to moving football games to the Baylor campus, the Baylor Stadium project is expected to help stimulate riverfront development, revitalize downtown Waco and bring jobs and economic development to the region.
Baylor's Marketing and Communications team, in conjunction with the Athletics Department, has developed a new, vibrant stadium logo, that was also publicly released during the Founder's reception. The mark, which captures the stadium's unique elements, will be used in all future stadium promotional and developmental materials.
"We are grateful to the University's Marketing and Communications staff or their work in developing a Baylor Stadium logo which captures the spirit of the Bears' return to campus as well as the unique elements of the new stadium," said Baylor Director of Athletics Ian McCaw.