It's 'Time to Shine' for University of Memphis.
University of Memphis President M. David Rudd and Athletics Director Tom Bowen announced Wednesday the university secured donations and pledges, which represent 60 percent of its goal for facility additions and improvements, during a news conference to kick off the public engagement phase of the Time to Shine Capital Campaign.
More than $24 million of a $40 million goal is now committed toward renovation of the Billy J. Murphy Athletic Complex, including a new indoor practice facility, and a new basketball practice and training facility. The facilities are to be built with 100 percent private donations.
The Time to Shine Capital Campaign will not only significantly enhance practice and training facilities for Memphis athletics, but also continues investing to transform the Park Avenue Campus.
In addition to athletic facilities, the Park Avenue Campus is home to the Community Health Building, which will be dedicated Friday afternoon. The Community Health Building is the new home of the U of M’s Loewenberg School of Nursing, School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Memphis Speech and Hearing Center, and the future Autism Center.
Groundbreaking for both the basketball and football facilities will begin this fall. Both facilities will be substantially completed prior to the 2017-18 academic year.
In addition to a new indoor practice facility, renovations and additions to the Murphy complex will include coaches’ offices as well as spaces for enhanced student-athlete academic, nutrition and athletic development for Memphis Football.
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