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Allen Lessels' UNH Notebook: Moving closer to the fund-raising goal
Scarano stood along the fence that surrounds Cowell Stadium shortly before Saturday’s Blue & White Spring game that brought a close to the football team’s spring session and talked about how far fund-raisers have come in their plans for a brand spanking new home for the school’s football team. And how far they must yet go.
“It’s been unprecedented. We’ve never raised this much money in this short a period of time. Basically, we’ve raised the $4 million in six months. We have until around June 1 to hit the $5 million mark and we have some significant discussions ongoing and I’m confident we’ll do that.”
The stadium will put the home side of the field on the opposite side of where it is now and have a capacity of a little over 10,000.
The initial goal was to get to the $5 million and seek project approval from the University System Board of Trustees at its April meeting, but fund raising, said UNH President Mark Huddleston at the time, was at $3.7 million.
“We’re not going to stop at $5 million, by the way,” Scarano said.
“We’re going to continue to keep fund raising and we hope we hit $10 million. But we need the $5 million to start. We’d love to do it by early June and then continue to fund raise.”
“I’m very confident,” he said. “We’re delighted we’ve gotten to this point and it just shows the commitment of people. There have been some significant commitments made, some by people that we didn’t anticipate and it’s just been great. It’s opened up a complete new discussion with a lot of people. People have really been captivated by this initiative and I think that’s going to bode well for us in the future as well.”
GUARD Tommy McDonnell, out of Durham and Oyster River, was announced as one of three men’s basketball captains for next season at the team’s banquet on Saturday.
Bramante is out of North Andover, Mass., and Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro. He transferred in to UNH after playing one season at Weber State University and sat out this past season due to NCAA transfer regulations.
UNH and BC will both be looking to bounce back from tough seasons. The Eagles went 8-24 and coach Steve Donahue was replaced by Jim Christian after the season ended.
UNH will be playing at Rutgers on Dec. 9.
The schedule is still being set, but other nonconference games include contests at Dartmouth on Nov. 30 and games at home against Boston University and Brown, Herrion said.
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