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Booster Donates $7 million to name new football facility



GAINESVILLE - Longtime athletic supporter James W. "Bill'' Heavener has pledged $7 million to name the new Florida football complex that will be completed prior to the start of the 2008 season.

Heavener is a member of the Gator Boosters, Inc. Board of Directors and a distinguished Bull Gator.

"We are grateful for Bill Heavener's donation," head coach Urban Meyer said. "His financial support is a key component in completing the premier football stadium in the nation. This recent construction project features a front door look to the stadium that will give fans and former players a chance to pay tribute to the champions of Florida football."

Since 1992, Heavener has served as Co-chairman/CEO of Full Sail Real World Education, a highly-regarded entertainment media college in America, with 5,000 students, located in Winter Park, Fla. He is a Director and Co-Chairman of the Los Angeles Film School and the Los Angeles Recording School, both located in Hollywood, Calif.

The renovation project at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium will enhance the experience for Gator student-athletes, staff and visitors. This project will include the renovation and expansion of the football office
complex. An additional 6,815 square feet will be added to the existing square footage, creating a grand total of 12,436 square feet for all football office areas. All of the offices will be equipped with the
latest technology.


[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:17pm]


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