USF soccer stadium to be named for Rowdies' Corbett
CLEARWATER -- USF's new soccer stadium, opening in August, will carry the name of former Rowdies owner Cornelia Corbett, as she and her husband Richard have made a donation of $1.5 million to USF's athletic department.
"We both felt like it was a great thing to be involved in," Cornelia Corbett said by phone Monday night, after athletic director Doug Woolard announced the donation at a booster event. "The way the university has expanded and excelled in the last 10 years has been phenomenal."
The Corbetts have been active in community philanthropy -- her name also graces the 66,000-square-foot building of the Tampa Museum of Art -- but this is their first donation to USF. Corbett Soccer Stadium will be the Bulls' new home, with 1,000 stadium seats and a berm area that allows for another 2,000 fans, part of an ambitious facilities package that includes new baseball and softball stadiums and a new basketball practice center. Woolard said the Corbetts' donation continues their strong relationship with soccer in the Tampa area.
"They're great people, and they've been so philanthropic to the entire Tampa Bay area," Woolard said. "This is a very significant gift for us and allows us to make a significant advance to our soccer program."