November 22, 2006

Crimson Tradition Fund Surpasses Goal

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Thanks to donations from many friends, the Crimson Tradition Fund is helping the University’s athletic program make a very noticeable difference on campus and for student-athletes. To date, the fund has raised more than $67 million, far surpassing the original goal of $50 million. The funds have been used to build or renovate athletic facilities, provide scholarships for athletes, and for priority needs.

One of the most visible projects supported by the fund is the north end zone expansion at Bryant-Denny Stadium complemented by the Plaza and Walk of Champions. The expansion included the addition of 38 luxury skyboxes and a club level area as well as traditional upper deck seating adding approximately 10,000 seats to the stadium.

Inside, two jumbo-trons and electronic ribbon boards were installed and the concession areas were improved. The football locker rooms, a media room, and several offices are also housed in the north end zone building. Outside, the Plaza and Walk of Champions features bronze statues of the four coaches who won national championships and a brick walk with inlaid marble tiles commemorating the Crimson Tide’s 21 SEC championships.

Significant improvements were made also made to Coleman Coliseum, including expanded concourse areas, new concession stands and restrooms, a new entrance on the east side, and a pre-game and halftime club area. New offices for coaching staff, conference and video rooms, and locker rooms were added. Several training rooms and practice facilities were also redesigned for more efficient use.

Next to the coliseum, the athletic administration and football complex received a new addition. The expansion houses a 20,000 square foot weight room, training and rehab rooms, and three pools for hydrotherapy. Administrative offices in the building were also remodeled.

The fund also helped with renovations to Bryant Hall and the dorm beside, along with the construction of the Jerry Pate Golf Center, the tennis stadium, and soccer stadium.

The Athletic Department is continuing its fund raising efforts through an emphasis on student-athlete scholarships. To date the department has raised nearly $5 million in scholarship support. The department of athletics supports more than 430 student-athletes.

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