CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- In June 2013, Mount Mercy University formally announced plans to transform vacant industrial space at 909 17th St NE into a multi-sport, outdoor facility for their student athletes. The news was received with a flurry of enthusiastic community support.
As Mount Mercy looks forward to developing the 22-acre lot, the momentum for the project continues through Home Field Advantage, a fundraising campaign for the university's athletic complex.
The facility will be constructed in phases over the course of a few years and is projected to cost $15 million. In support of the university and the community benefits a new athletic complex will bring, The Hall-Perrine Foundation has awarded Mount Mercy a $4 million matching grant to help fund the project.
In order to receive the full grant amount, the university must secure $8 million in private gifts by December 31, 2015. The first goal of the Home Field Advantage campaign is to secure the private gifts needed to obtain The Hall-Perrine Foundation's full grant.
"This project is 100 percent funded through private gifts," said Duff Ridgeway, Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations. "We need donors to come alongside us to help make this complex a reality. Our Home Field Advantage campaign gives all community members a chance to contribute to Mount Mercy's history-making endeavor."
Once complete, the outdoor complex will provide a home field for men's and women's soccer, men's and women's track and field, baseball and softball. For the first time in the university's 85-year history, athletes for these sports will be able to play and practice on fields owned by the university.
Visit mtmercy.edu/homefield to learn more about the project and campaign, or financially support Mount Mercy's Home Field Advantage.