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Laurie intiially made the donation back when Castiglione was

Posted on: May 18, 2020 at 16:22:49 CT
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AD, so well during Norm's tenure.


In a decidedly black-and-gold setting, replete with a student band cranking out fight songs, smiling Golden Girls, an enthusiastic Truman the Tiger and, especially, beaming school officials, University of Missouri basketball peered into the next century.

It saw a glittering, state-of-the-art basketball arena that will rival any in the nation. That's the plan, anyway.

Some details were disclosed Monday at Reynolds Alumni Center on the Mizzou campus. In a ceremony that also was attended by university boosters, students and past and current players, William Laurie presented Chancellor Charles A. Kiesler with the largest single, private gift made to MU in the school's history - $10 million, earmarked as seed money for the new arena.

"We intend to have a showcase for college basketball, right here on this campus," Athletic Director Joe Castiglione said. "We want to stay one step ahead of our competitors."

It will take a total of $45 million to $50 million to achieve that goal. That's the projected cost of the arena, which will seat 16,500 to 17,000 and include luxury suites and other premium seating. It will be designed for - and apparently used exclusively for - basketball. The men's and women's basketball teams now play at the Hearnes Center, a mul tipurpose building at the south end of the campus. It is adjacent to the football stadium, Faurot Field.

"The Hearnes Center has been wonderful for us; we've always loved to have it," said Norm Stewart, the men's basketball coach. "But it's almost 25 years old. We're just too crowded now."

The Hearnes Center opened in 1972 and seats 13,300. It replaced 6,000-seat Brewer Fieldhouse, which was completed in 1930. Mizzou's athletic program has grown to 21 sports, which requires new and updated facilities, Castiglione noted.

Laurie, 43, is a former high school basketball coach who breeds and trains horses at Crown Center Farms, south of Columbia. He was reared in Versailles, Mo., and was recruited by former Missourian Gene Bartow to play basketball at Memphis State, now the University of Memphis.
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                              Laurie intiially made the donation back when Castiglione was - FIJItiger MU - 5/18 16:22:49
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