By MATT SCHUCKMAN
Herald-Whig Sports Editor
It hasn't taken long for Quincy University's Legends Stadium project to get a major financial boost.
Five weeks ago, plans were unveiled to turn the school's North Campus soccer complex into a state-of-the-art facility by undergoing a $1.5 million renovation.
Now, the project has received its first major donation. Linda Moore, a 1981 graduate and member of the QU Board of Trustees, made a six-figure pledge that pushes total fund-raising to more than $150,000 so far.
"Growing up in the Quincy area gave me the opportunity to experience QU soccer before I became a student," Moore said in a release. "While attending college, the soccer program gave me the opportunity to work with the media, and eventually to play the sport I grew to love. Now, as an alumna, I feel very privileged to offer my financial support to the current and future student-athletes by contributing to Legends Stadium and Jack Mackenzie Field.
"The QU soccer program gave me many memories and opportunities. The new field and the new stadium will provide many opportunities for QU soccer, high school and youth soccer programs, and continue the legacy decades in the making. I hope others will join me in building a stadium that will provide memories and opportunities for student-athletes, fans, families and media for many years to come."
The Legends Stadium project is expected to be completed in three phases.
The first phase is the installation of a synthetic turf field that will be called Jack Mackenzie Field in honor of the retired men's soccer coach, who won 516 games and nine NAIA national championships in 43 years at the school.
The second phase will be the addition of a new entrance, which will be called "The Walk of Champions" and honor the school's 11 national championship teams.
The third phase will include the construction of a press box, concession stand, conference space and a team film room.
"We are extremely pleased with the progress of the Legends Stadium campaign, especially just one month after the launch of the project," QU athletic director Marty Bell said. "We are very gracious to Linda for her generous contribution and commitment to this campaign that honors the past, present and future success of our soccer programs."