SMU planning to build $100M end zone complex at football stadium

SMU is planning to build a $100M, "three-tiered end zone complex on the south side of Ford Stadium," according to Joseph Hoyt of the DALLAS MORNING NEWS. The project was kick-started thanks to a $50M "donation from 1958 alumnus Garry Weber’s foundation." Weber's gift marks the "largest athletic department donation in school history," and the new complex "will be named" after Weber. The Garry Weber End Zone Complex will be SMU’s latest athletic investment. Since '13, the school has "committed over a quarter billion dollars to athletics projects." The 192,500-square foot end zone complex will be the home to "new locker rooms, weight rooms, position-specific meeting rooms and auditorium for the football program." Additionally, the project is expected to "increase Ford Stadium’s capacity," which currently sits at 32,000, though the details of that increase "won’t be known until the design process is completed." SMU President R. Gerald Turner said that there "isn’t a target date for when SMU will break ground on the end zone complex," but he "hopes to have the rest of the funds raised" by the end of '22 (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 1/21).

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