12:40 PM EST, November 5, 2012
McDaniel College in Westminster this week dedicated its new Kenneth R. Gill Stadium.
The $8-million-plus, two-story brick and concrete stadium will be home to Green Terror football, women's field hockey, men's and women's lacrosse and men's and women's track and field, in addition to special events.
The project includes a new campus entrance and roadway on West Main Street. The architect is Marshall Craft Associates of Baltimore and contractor is Manekin Construction of Columbia.
The formal dedication was scheduled to take place on Nov. 3, during halftime of the McDaniel football game against Susquehanna. The ceremony occurred too late for this edition, but was slated to include comments from Roger Casey, president of McDaniel College; Martin K.P. Hill, chair of the McDaniel Board of Trustees and president of Hill Development Group; and Kenneth Gill, 1961 alumnus, chair of the Stadium Project Committee at McDaniel and current member of the board of trustees.
The stadium retains its bowl setting and tradition of drive-in tailgating, but increases seating capacity to 1,434, including accessible seats. The former capacity was 900.
Other features include concession stations, public rest rooms, coaches' rooms, observation boxes, a large press box, a training room, filming areas, home and visiting team meeting rooms and a reception and gathering room.
Funding for the project was generated through individual gifts, including gifts totaling $2.25 million from the Gill family. The Yingling family of Westminster, funded new field lighting installed in 2010 in preparation of the stadium project.
Casey said the new stadium, "will help support the college's student-athletes, its coaches and spectators by providing an improved game-day experience."
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