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New Baylor football stadium to be named McLane Stadium

WACO, TX (KXXV) - Baylor University announced on Monday that it plans to name the new football stadium McLane Stadium to honor Drayton McLane Jr. and his family, for their support of the university.

Back in March 2012, Elizabeth and Drayton McLane Jr., along with their family, donated a leadership gift for Baylor's new $260 million 45,000-seat football stadium that will open in fall 2014.

"Drayton McLane has done so much for Baylor University, and he has consistently demonstrated a deep love for his alma mater not only through his significant giving but also through his longtime service to the University as a Regent and chairman of the board,” said Richard S. Willis, BBA ’81, MBA ’82, chair of the Baylor Board of Regents. “With his continued generosity to the University, the board felt that naming our new football stadium McLane Stadium would appropriately honor Drayton McLane and his family for their remarkable generosity and visionary leadership.”

The stadium could also have a $20 million alumni event center located on the south side of the stadium. Baylor's Board of Regents approved spending for the site preparation, a study, and architectural renderings for the addition of the alumni center, which would provide a home for Baylor alumni.

“I am humbled by the board’s action, and have accepted their recommendation,” McLane said. “In giving to Baylor, my family and I have always sought to shine a light on the University we love and which has such an important role to play in higher education. I am grateful for the opportunity to be part of Baylor’s continued success and look forward to joining all members of the Baylor family next season in the new stadium.”

McLane’s relationship with Baylor began shortly after he graduated in 1958. He and his wife have also supported a number of initiatives across the campus.

In February 2013, McLane received the Baylor Founders Medallion, one of the University’s most distinguished awards. The award honors men and women whose service and contributions have been unusually significant to the life and future of Baylor University.
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