"I'm impressed by the number of former players and A-Club members who have stepped-up and shown support for Crimson Tide Athletics," Alabama Athletics Director Mal Moore said.
The Crimson Tradition Fund was announced in March, 2002 as a $100 million capital building campaign for The University's athletic facilities to be funded with $50 million in private donations. Moore recently announced that over $58 million had been pledged, surpassing the original goal by over $8 million.
"However, due to increased material costs and design changes, we are looking at a new figure of $120 million in improvements and a new goal of $70 million in private donations," Moore said. "Alabama teams have a tradition of finishing strong in the fourth quarter and with the committed response we've had from our alumni, fans and friends, along with the strong support from our former players, I'm confident we will reach this new goal".
Former players and A-Club members who have contributed to the Crimson Tradition Fund are Wayne Adkinson, Robert Almon, Jr., Zach Ashbee, Leon Ashford, Bill Battle, Randy Billingsley, Young Boozer, John Caddell, Allen Cox, Sr., Dr. Bill Davis, Ricky Davis, Jerry Duncan, Harold Goldstein, Coach Mark Gottfried, Dr. Hugh (Butch) Henry, Jr., Bruce Hodges, Deacon Jones, Joe Kelley, Peter Kim, Bobby Luna, Dewey Mitchell, Mal Moore, Robert (Bud) Moore, Dr. John Morgan, Ozzie Newsome, John Peck, Alan Pizzitola, John Poole, Dr. Ellis Porch, Mrs.Tom Rast, Roger Reed, Ronny Robertson, Bart Starr, Billy Strickland, Richard Todd and Stan Walker.
"The donations made by our former athletes are a real tribute to their support of our programs," Moore said. "It's reflective of their readiness to make the financial contributions necessary to support this very, very important fund-raising effort."
The Crimson Tradition Fund will support the $120 million project to improve and build new athletic facilities at Alabama. A renovated Coleman Coliseum was rededicated on Dec. 6, a $28 million project that includes a new lobby, an expanded concourse, new restrooms and concession stands and coaches' offices. Also added were new seats and a club area.
On tap for an August, 2006 completion is a north end zone expansion that will raise capacity to about 92,000 at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Bryant Hall recently opened to rave reviews as one of the nation's most complete student-athlete academic centers, a renovation Moore calls "the gem" of all the improvements.
Also recently completed with funds from the Crimson Tradition campaign is a new women's soccer stadium, a tennis stadium shared by both the men and women's teams and a new men and women's golf clubhouse and practice facility.