University of Oregon alum Bob Sanders has donated an additional $6 million towards completing the Jane Sanders Stadium project, UO athletic director Rob Mullens announced on Tuesday.
The stadium project is working to build a new softball venue for the Ducks. Sanders had previously donated an initial $10 million for the stadium, named in honor of his late wife, Jane Sanders.
When the athletic department turned to fundraising to meet the estimated project total of $16.5 million approved by the UO Board of Trustees back in February, Sanders made the second donation.
“Mr. Sanders has made this dream a reality for our softball program,” said Mullens in a press release. “Under head coach Mike White, our softball program has grown into a national power, deserving of a new facility. Mr. Sanders’ generosity and passion for Oregon athletics will allow us to continue to provide an exceptional student experience and dramatically improve the softball fan experience.”
Bob (class of 1951) and Jane (1950) met at the University, when he was a fullback on the football team and she was a cheerleader.
The Ducks will tear down Howe Field at the end of this season and will construct Jane Sanders Stadium in its place. The plan is for everything to be complete by the first home game in 2016.
The new stadium is planned to feature 1500 permanent seats with the ability to add 1000 more through temporary seating. A team meeting room, locker room, film room, training room and other amenities will be added to the facility.