The University of Missouri has announced a $10 million gift from a group of anonymous donors toward construction of a new football facility.
The gift from the Kansas City Sports Trust — which comprises donors from the Kansas City area — will support construction of football practice facilities at the university's Memorial Stadium. With the gift, roughly $55 million of the estimated $75 million cost of the first phase of the project has been raised, the Kansas City Star reports. While plans for the facility have yet to be finalized, it is expected to include new locker rooms, coaches' offices, training rooms and a weight room, and a recruiting area. Phase two of the project will focus on construction of a new full-length indoor football practice facility, while phase three will see renovations to the existing Mizzou Athletics Training Complex after the football program has moved to the new facility.
Formed in 2004, the Kansas City Sports Trust made its first donation to the university — $10 million for the Mizzou Athletics Training Complex — and gave $30 million in 2012 in support of a $102 million facilities plan.
"The Kansas City Sports Trust has stepped up with a tremendous leadership gift that demonstrates true philanthropic giving," said MU athletics director Jim Sterk. "We're so appreciative of this support, and we're hopeful that this will encourage others to join in and help us achieve our goals of building football facilities that put us in the upper echelon of the Southeastern Conference. Making this facility become a reality is critical to our commitment in providing one of the best student-athlete experiences in the country."