University of Utah President Ruth V. Watkins and Director of Athletics Mark Harlan announced the largest gift in Utah athletics history today in a press conference held prior to the annual Red-White game. The Ken Garff family has pledged $17.5 million for the Rice-Eccles Stadium renovation and expansion.
The Garff family’s record-setting donation will help fund construction of the Ken Garff Performance Zone in the south end zone and is the lead gift in the $80 million stadium project. To date, donors have pledged $32 million of the $35 million sought in philanthropic gifts. The remaining $45 million will be generated through various new revenue sources associated with the project.”
“We are incredibly grateful for the continuing generosity of the Garff family,” said Watkins. “This extraordinary gift will dramatically improve the fan experience at Rice-Eccles Stadium during football games and many other events. My sincere thanks to Robert and Kathi Garff, John and Amy Garff and Matt and Nicole Garff for making this gift possible.”
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