Kempner Gift, Anonymous Challenge Move Reese Plans Forward

March 20, 2008

A leadership gift from former soccer players and classmates Jamie and Cynthia Kempner '79 as well as an anonymous $1 million challenge match from another former Eli player to the Yale Soccer Association has moved forward the plans for Phase II of the Reese Stadium Project. These two commitments as well as support from the university have enabled the Yale Athletic Department to begin to develop the scope for Phase II, which includes a new entry plaza, press box, team rooms, new and expanded seats and hospitality areas.

"We are thrilled with the commitments from all of our donors as well as the incredible offering of the soccer challenge match that will help make Phase II of the project a reality. We are especially pleased with the leadership gift from Jamie and Cynthia and their family. This combined with the tremendous support from the university demonstrates our commitment to providing all of our student-athletes with world-class facilities" said Tom Beckett, Yale's Director of Athletics

The anonymous match is contingent on the soccer association raising an additional $1 million for the project. To-date close to $300,000 has been committed. Recognition opportunities for the project begin at $25,000.

Reese Stadium, built in 1981, is the home of soccer and lacrosse at Yale. As a result of generous leadership gifts from Jason Reese '87 and Jon Reese '90, Phase I of the renovation was completed in 2007 and included a state-of-the-art, FieldTurf surface and new lights. The FieldTurf surface has been installed at dozens of collegiate facilities, and Yale is the first Ivy League school with an artificial turf soccer stadium. It has provided Yale's varsity programs with a more consistent practice and game surface as well as greater scheduling flexibility.

For more information on the project including the challenge match and naming opportunities, please call Tim Ford at (203) 432-1419.

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