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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, July 14, 2009

CFB: 2 Rutgers alums give $5M for football recruit lounge

Associated Press

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. The chief executive of Motorola Inc. and a fellow Rutgers alumnus have committed $5 million to build a football recruiting lounge in the expanded Rutgers Stadium.

The university's board of governors on Tuesday approved the construction and agreed to name it the Brown Football Recruiting Lounge and Welcome Center.

A year ago, the board voted not to build the lounge because of escalating construction costs and a decrease in fundraising.

Motorola chief executive Greg Brown, a 1982 graduate, and another alumnus who asked not to be identified made the $5 million commitment for the 7,656-square-foot lounge and welcome center to be built on the mezzanine level in the new south end zone of the expanded Rutgers Stadium. The facility will seat more than 300.

It is projected to cost more than $4.8 million. Construction is scheduled to begin in August.

The construction is separate from the university's ongoing $102 million stadium expansion project, which will increase the seating capacity of Rutgers Stadium to 52,454.

The stadium expansion will be funded by revenue from ticket sales for the 11,412 new seats as well as parking fees, concession sales, donations from season ticket holders and additional contributions by donors.

The first phase of the project construction of nearly 1,000 premium club level mezzanine seats was completed for the 2008 football season.

The second phase will add 11,412 seats, a new scoreboard and sound system, restrooms and concession stands to the stadium's south end. It is on schedule to be completed for the season opener in September.