UNH stadium project gets USNH trustees' approval
An artist's rendering of the new UNH football stadium that was approved by the USNH Board of Trustees Friday. UNH Courtesy PHOTO
The remainder will be paid for with $20 million the university will raise or borrow internally from the university system, according to UNH spokesman Erika Mantz.
No additional state approvals are needed for the project to continue, Mantz said.
“Our athletic facilities and venues were identified as a priority in the campus’ master plan in order to improve recruitment, student satisfaction, and our overall visibility in an increasingly competitive marketplace,” UNH President Mark Huddleston said. “I am very pleased that the project is moving forward with the support of so many people throughout the state.”
“The renovated athletic complex will enhance the experience for our fans and aid recruiting efforts as the home of UNH’s football, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s lacrosse, and men’s and women’s track and field teams,” UNH Athletic Director Marty Scarano said.
“I've been critical about the lack of fundraising in the past compared to other schools,” said Weyler. “They have seemed to rely on state (money) and tuition hikes.”
“I've seen progress in recent years, but I still think they have a tuition and a budget that is too high,” Weyler said.
McConnell Hall is undergoing a $10 million renovation to upgrade classrooms and house the university’s sociology and psychology departments, and the Peter T. Paul College of Business opened a new $50 million building last year.
Other academic buildings recently renovated include Parsons, James and DeMeritt halls, academic buildings whose renovations, totaling more than $100 million, were largely funded by the state.
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