Volume 93, Issue 16
Friday, September 24, 1999
Stadium receives backing
According to Fowler, the stadium is in full accordance to the requirements for the Canada games. It even exceeds expectations in some areas.
Davenport said the board also approved a number of upgrades from the initial design which was unveiled in June of 1999. The complex, to be built on the Huron Flats, will have artificial turf, an Olympic quality eight lane track, improved media facilities, 106 washrooms and top of the line television lighting.
"People have said to us if you're going to build it, build it right," he said. "We've listened and we're building it right." Davenport added Norlon was awarded the contract over five other bids because it offered to build the stadium for the cheapest price.
According to Wolfgang Ginzel, VP-administration with Norlon, the construction company will break ground Tuesday and said based on some initial planning, they have more then enough time to get the stadium ready for the August 2000 deadline.
"We've built a number of arenas, baseball diamonds, tennis courts, volleyball courts," Ginzel said. "It's not really that complicated," he added.
London Mayor Dianne Haskett, a Board member, said she was proud to be part of the announcement, describing the contribution as further proof of the vital role the university plays in the city of London.
"This new state of the art sporting venue will not only shine during the Canada Games its lustre will remain, making it a valuable community resource for years to come," she said.
According to Ted Garrard, Western's VP-external and co-chair of the fundraising committee responsible for the Games, $15 million is needed $10 million for the stadium and $5 million for the Games itself. Garrard said $6.5 million has already been raised.
The stadium presently remains unnamed while the university waits for a large corporate sponsor. When asked a media question regarding the stadium's name, Davenport responded candidly, "If you would like to step up, for a mere $2.5 million, we'll put your name on it."
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