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News Release - Queen’s University announces new pavilion for Richardson Stadium made possible by alumni donations

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Today, Queen’s announced construction on a new pavilion for Richardson Stadium during an online event attended by donors and members of the university community. The pavilion will provide enhanced amenities for student-athletes, coaches, spectators, and community members. This new addition will be the finishing touch on the 2016 redevelopment of Richardson Stadium and complete the vision for a rejuvenated stadium. The groundbreaking later this year coincides with the 100th anniversary of the opening of a George Taylor Richardson Memorial Stadium on campus. Over 300 Queen’s alumni contributed more than $11 million to the project, with the lead gift coming from Stu and Kim Lang. Stu Lang is a former professional player in the Canadian Football League who played on the Queen’s Gaels football team while an undergraduate. When the pavilion is completed, it will provide coaches and student-athletes with modern training and competition spaces as well as athletic therapy, hydrotherapy facilities, meeting rooms, and other sport-related amenities. It will also create a new team room for football that has direct field access. The two-story pavilion will be built to fit into the existing landscape of the West Campus. It will include facilities that will enhance the training and competition environment for varsity sports, expand opportunities for varsity and recreation programs such as intramurals, make usage more gender inclusive, and support a broad range of activities for students and community members.

For spectators, the pavilion will connect the entire stadium at the concourse level and provide the permanent home of the Gaels Club, which will offer concessions as well as an elevated viewing area. It will also create a new prominent entrance that will serve as the gateway to the stadium.

Kingston community members will benefit as well, as the pavilion will provide increased access to Richardson Stadium for participants in programs such as the Junior Gaels, which connects local youth with Queen’s student-athletes for mentorship and inspiration.

The development of the pavilion will begin in 2021, with construction expected to start in January 2022 and be completed by April 2023.

Major donors to the project also include Joe and Lucie Pal, Sandra Plumley, Bob and Mary McFarlane, Don and Sheila Bayne, Paul and Vicki Hand, Skip and Debbie Eaman, members of the Red Banner Society and Football Management Committee, the Football Doctors, and the members of the 1978, 1983 and 1992 Vanier Cup teams.

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“This is a special day that has been several years in the making. Both Kim and I are so proud to be able to attend this announcement and to help see this amazing vision through to its conclusion. However, we are only two of more than 300 donors and alumni who have come together, like a great sports team with a common goal. I think I can safely speak on behalf of all past and present football Gaels when I say that this Pavilion will be a point of pride for Queen’s University, and something that brings all of us together as a community.”- Stu Lang, Queen’s alumnus and lead donor along with Kim Lang, Queen’s alumna

“The new pavilion will greatly enhance Queen’s Athletics and its programs and would not be possible without the generous contributions of many. These gifts exemplify the Queen’s spirit and we thank all the donors for their generosity to Queen’s.”- Patrick Deane, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Queen’s University

“The Queen’s community is very proud of our outstanding student-athletes. This new pavilion will provide them, as well as all of our students and local community members with enhanced services and opportunities. It will also position Queen’s as a national leader in university athletics facilities.”- Ann Tierney, Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs, Queen’s University

 

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Julie Brown
Media Relations Officer 
613-532-8712
julie.brown@queensu.ca

 

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