BOONE, N.C. – Appalachian State University has named its on-campus athletics complex the Mark E. Ricks Athletics Complex, in recognition of the 1989 alum’s $10 million commitment to the university’s A Mountaineer Impact initiative. The commitment, announced in November 2017, represents the university’s largest outright gift to date.
The Ricks Athletics Complex comprises the athletics-focused footprint of campus that includes Kidd Brewer Stadium, Sofield Family Indoor Practice Facility, Appalachian Tennis Courts, Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium and Owens Field House. Sitting at the north end of Kidd Brewer Stadium, Owens Field House will soon be replaced with a new $38.2 million facility that will be a centerpiece of the growing athletics complex.
The new name has been placed atop the west stands at Kidd Brewer Stadium. The seven-floor building on the west side of the stadium, completed in 2009, currently serves as the hub of the athletics administrative offices as well as the football team’s locker room, offices, meeting rooms, strength & conditioning and athletic training areas.
A Mountaineer Impact was launched in February 2017 after Director of Athletics Doug Gillin completed a comprehensive review and evaluation of the university’s athletics programs. The project goal is to provide a solid financial foundation for the university’s athletics programs by raising, over a five-year period, commitments of $60 million in private support. Funds will be used to establish and endow scholarships, construct and enhance facilities and underwrite program needs to increase opportunities for comprehensive excellence for all student-athletes.
To date, the initiative has raised $30 million toward its $60 million goal. Individuals interested in making a gift in support of A Mountaineer Impact, A Drive for Excellence should contact Suzette Mauney, Assistant Athletics Director for Development, at 828-457-4170 or firstname.lastname@example.org.