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New stadium to be dedicated Nov. 3

October 23, 2012

Update:  Tours of the new stadium have been canceled for Saturday. We apologize for any inconvenience.

McDaniel College will dedicate the new Kenneth R. Gill Stadium on Nov. 3 during its Homecoming football game.

The dedication ceremony will be at midfield at halftime, about 2:15 p.m., when McDaniel President Roger Casey, Board Chair Martin K.P. Hill, and the Gill family will be joined on the field by student-athletes including team captains representing field hockey, men’s and women’s lacrosse, and track and field along with members of the Stadium Committee and donors.

Gifts totaling $2.25 million from Kenneth R. Gill of Severna Park, Md., to McDaniel College made the $8-million-plus fully equipped multipurpose stadium a reality. Ken Gill ’61 learned the art of achieving big goals through individual skill and teamwork while he was a student-athlete on the Hill.

At the Feb. 3 groundbreaking for the new stadium, the former football player and successful entrepreneur was celebrated for his role in spearheading the campaign to fund the project and cheered by trustees, who voted that the new stadium would have his name on it.

“McDaniel’s dynamic athletic program enriches the college’s living-learning community,” said Casey. “The new stadium will help support the college’s student-athletes, its coaches, and spectators by providing an improved game-day experience. We are thankful for the generosity of Ken Gill and the over 100 individuals and businesses that have contributed so far to the project.”

The stadium retains its hallmark bowl seating and tradition of drive-in tailgating that earned McDaniel national ratings as a top tailgater with Southern Living magazine and The Weather Channel. The new seating capacity for the stadium is 1,434, including accessible seats (former seating capacity was 900).

The two-story brick-and-concrete facility is built on the site of the former grandstand. Features include concessions, public restrooms, coaches’ rooms, observation boxes, a large press box, a training room, filming areas, home and visiting team meeting rooms and reception and gathering room. New field lighting was installed in 2010 in preparation of the groundbreaking and was funded by the Yingling family.

Funding for the stadium project, which was outlined in the campus master plan, is solely funded through charitable gifts and not drawn from the college’s operating budget. The project was designed by architect Marshall Craft Associates of Baltimore and construction contractor is Manekin of Columbia, Md.

In other Homecoming activities, alumni will be recognized with the Alumnus of the Year award – this year honoring H. Hugh Dawkins, Jr. ’69, M.Ed. ’71  – as well as awards for professional achievement, community service and college service and inductions into the Sports Hall of Fame.