For Towson, name is worth millions

Stadium naming rights expected to be set by Sept.

Colleges

April 16, 2002|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

First, there was the ill-fated naming saga of PSINet Stadium.

Then, the Comcast Center came to the University of Maryland.

Now, they are ready to play the stadium name game for big money at Towson University.

Like several million dollars?

"It has to be," Towson's acting president, Dan Jones, said yesterday. "We have a first-class sports complex here, and the community has to help support it."

Right now, the $28 million complex is known as Towson University Stadium. Minnegan Stadium has been demolished.

Jones said the naming rights fee has not been determined, but he is placing a lot of confidence in the school's vice president for university advancement, Gary Rubin, to complete the project.

Athletic director Wayne Edwards said he expects the selection of a name to be completed by Sept. 5, when the stadium part of the complex is completed in time for the football home opener against Morgan State.

The field-house facility that sits at the southwest end of the stadium is scheduled be finished in November.

Edwards hoped to quiet some fears of old-guard enthusiasts for the name Minnegan Stadium -- named for former Towson coach, athletic director and teacher Donald "Doc" Minnegan, who will be 100 in August -- saying, "The Minnegan name will be incorporated somehow in the new name."

The stadium will seat 11,198, has an artificial playing surface and an enhanced lighting and sound system.

A component of the stadium is the field house, which will serve as coaches' offices for the football team, the men's and women's lacrosse teams and the field hockey team.

The field house will also feature an athletic training facility, meeting rooms, classrooms, equipment rooms and locker rooms.

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