Dec. 20, 2004
The Baylor University Department of Athletics will begin construction on the second phase of Floyd Casey Stadium's Grant Teaff Plaza and the I Believe Walkway early in 2005, second-year Director of Athletics Ian McCaw announced today.
"I have long admired Grant Teaff's commitment to God, his family and the coaching profession," said McCaw. "In my view, he is Baylor's greatest ambassador and the institution has been immeasurably blessed by his enormous contributions over the last four decades. We are excited about bringing this project to fruition and appropriately honoring Coach Teaff, his staff and players for their excellence."
During his 21-year tenure at Baylor, Teaff directed the Bears to two Southwest Conference championships (1974, 1980), eight bowl games and 128 wins from 1972 until his retirement from coaching in 1992. A six-time SWC and one-time national coach of the year, Teaff spent one year as Baylor's Director of Athletics before becoming the Executive Director of the American Football Coaches Association, a position he still holds today.
"I have been blessed to be the recipient of various honors; however, none has touched me so deeply as having my name on the Grant Teaff Plaza and I Believe Walkway--to be part of the recognition of an era of Baylor Football is very special," Teaff said. "The plaza will honor my family, the coaches, the players and in a broader sense, all the various groups to the success achieved."
The Grant Teaff Plaza, located on the stadium's west side, was originally dedicated in Sept., 2001 in honor of the school's winningest football coach. Expansion of the I Believe Walkway began in the summer of 2003 on both sides of the plaza area. In the next phase of the project, the I Believe Walkway will be extended to encircle Floyd Casey Stadium with the same brick work and wrought iron gating that currently exists on Teaff Plaza.
Additional improvements will also be made to the stadium's roadways and parking areas, along with the addition of attractive landscaping, new graphic elements and other amenities to enhance the game-day experience for fans.
The east side of Teaff Plaza will feature a statue representing former Baylor players directly across from where Coach Teaff's statue stands on the plaza's west side. Not only will these areas honor Teaff, but also his student-athletes, coaches, trainers, managers, physicians and support staff as well as the I Believe fans who support the program.
According to McCaw, more than $500,000 in private support has been raised for this project, however, additional funding is needed to complete the project by the start of the 2005 football season. Attractive naming opportunities are available, ranging from the $300,000 level to $500. Gifts may be paid in full at the time they are made or a commitment may be fulfilled over a period of one to five years and all gifts are tax deductible.
"The completion of this very worthy project will not only beautify the stadium, but will make it much more attractive to our donors," said Baylor Associate Athletic Director for Development Doug Smith. "It also will enhance the Bear Zone at the south end of the stadium where a large number of our donors congregate prior to all our home football games."
For more information on naming opportunities within the I Believe Walkway or to make a gift contact Smith at 254.710.3650 or by e-mail at Doug_Smith@baylor.edu.