Renovated Moody Coliseum, Miller Event Center to open for 2013 December Commencement Convocation

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Renovated Moody Coliseum, Miller Event Center to open for 2013 December Commencement Convocation

SECOND UPDATE Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, 4:28 p.m.: All extra complimentary faculty/staff tickets for the SMU-UConn Moody Coliseum opener have been distributed. No additional complimentary tickets will be available for this game. A limited number of tickets are available for sale. Please contact the SMU Ticket Office at 214-SMU-GAME or visit SMUMustangs.com to purchase tickets.

Moody Coliseum rendering

An artist’s rendering of a new concourse area in SMU’s Moody Coliseum. The freshly renovated venue will reopen for the University’s 2013 December Commencement Convocation on Saturday, Dec. 21.

With the snip of a red ribbon, SMU’s expanded and renovated Moody Coliseum and new Miller Event Center will  open at the University’s 2013 December Commencement Convocation Saturday, Dec. 21.

The 167,000-square-foot complex and Dallas landmark is home to Mustang men’s and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball and SMU academic ceremonies, as well as numerous community events such as concerts, cultural programs and high school graduations. The renovation and expansion features new seating, entertainment areas, court improvements and infrastructure, yet retains the ambiance that has made Moody a favorite venue for more than 50 years.

> Read more about the history of “Moody Magic”

“With this renovation and expansion of Moody Coliseum and the addition of the new Miller Event Center, SMU will be home to one of the finest collegiate arenas and events centers in the country,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “We are thankful to the Moody Foundation and David and Carolyn Miller and others for their support of this facility, which will benefit the entire North Texas area.”

SMU Provost Paul Ludden said that it was appropriate that the first event to be held in the facility will be the University’s December Commencement Convocation ceremony. “Our graduates and their families and friends will help us usher in a new era in this remarkable facility.”

A $20 million gift from the Moody Foundation in 2011 provided the impetus for the extensive expansion and renovation. SMU and the Moody Foundation have enjoyed a long partnership, beginning with a 1965 gift in support of the SMU Coliseum on campus that, in acknowledgement, was renamed Moody Coliseum.  Since that time, the foundation also has supported improvements to Fondren Science Building.

> Visit the New Moody online at newmoody.com

Alumnus and trustee David Miller ’72, ’73 and his wife, Carolyn, also committed $10 million toward the renovation project in 2011. The Miller Event Center, an addition on the north side of Moody Coliseum, named in their honor, includes the Miller Champions Club – a 5,000-square-foot furnished entertainment area on the concourse level – and suites with courtside views, along with administrative areas to support student-athletes and coaches.

The Miller Champions Club is named in honor of David Miller by contributions of several friends, including leadership commitments from Gina and Tucker Bridwell and Belle and Don Berg. Early funding of a feasibility study and conceptual design for this significant construction project was provided by Sylvie and Gary Crum.

All faculty and staff tickets for the opening basketball games on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 have been claimed. A limited number of tickets are available for purchase at the SMU Athletics Ticket Office. To help meet the demand, SMU Athletics will also release any unclaimed student tickets to faculty and staff members on Thursday, Jan. 2 after the student ticket pick-up window closes.

Faculty and staff tickets are still available for games on Wednesday, Jan. 15 and Tuesday, Jan. 21.

The renovation celebration at a glance:

Artist's rendering of the new floor in SMU's renovated Moody Coliseum

Artist’s rendering of the new floor in SMU’s renovated Moody Coliseum. Basketball returns to Moody Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014.

  • Friday, December 6, individual game tickets on sale
  • Tuesday, Dec. 17, Leadership Donor Celebration (by invitation)
  • Wednesday, Dec. 18, 7-9 a.m. Basketball Season Ticket Holders’ Preview
  • Saturday, Dec. 21December Commencement Convocation and Building Dedication Ceremony
  • January 4, inaugural athletic events:
    • Men’s Basketball:
    SMU Mustangs vs. University of Connecticut Huskies
    • Women’s Basketball:
    SMU Mustangs vs. University of South Florida Bulls

Written by Nancy George

> Read the full story at SMU News

December 12, 2013|Calendar Highlights, News, Save the Date, Sports|

Sports: Basketball season begins, Volleyball senior day

Volleyball final home games: SMU Women’s Volleyball play their two final home games of the season Nov. 15-17. The Mustangs are currently 4th in the AAC with a 9-4 record and have the league’s second most efficient offense. The first game is Friday, Nov. 15 against temple at 7 p.m.; Temple has a 8-4 record in the AAC. The final home game is Sunday, Nov. 17 against Memphis at 1 p.m.; Memphis has a 4-8 record in the AAC. Sunday’s game is also Senior Day, and the Mustangs will honor teammates Caroline Day and Maddie Lozano. Sophomore Avery Acker was also recently recognized with CoSIDA Academic All-District honors; she is the second player in SMU history to earn this distinction.

Volleyball seniors via SMU Athletics

Volleyball seniors via SMU Athletics

Football remembers Miracle on Mockingbird: The Mustangs return to Ford Stadium Saturday, Nov. 16 to take on the UConn Huskies. This is the second time in history SMU will play UConn; the last game was Sept. 16, 1989 and led to the team’s first victory after a two-year hiatus from football. SMU was able to win 31-30 by pulling ahead in the last five minutes, and the game became known as “the Miracle on Mockingbird.” The Mustangs enter this weekend’s matchup with a 2-2 record in the AAC conference and quarterback Garrett Gilbert leading the nation in total offense with a 409.4 ypg. Kickoff is at 2 p.m., and ESPN3 will air the game.

Basketball Begins

  • Men’s: The Mustang men are currently 2-0 in the AAC after winning their first two home games. They kicked off the season with a victory against TCU 69-61 and continued the winning steak against Rhode Island 89-58. Through the two games SMU held its opponents to a 32.7 percent shooting. The next game for the men is Monday, Nov. 18 at Arkansas. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
  • Women’s: The lady Mustangs have also had a strong start to their season, securing a 2-0 record in the AAC conference. The women most recently defeated rival TCU in overtime 72-68. They will hit the road for their third game against Eastern Washington, Saturday, Nov. 16 at 3 p.m. Eastern Washington enters the game with a 0-1 record after losing their season opener to Portland. SMU’s Keena Mays became the first women’s basketball player to earn AAC Player of the Week after scoring more than 20 points in the Mustangs’ first two games.

The men’s and women’s basketball teams will both return to Moody Coliseum on Jan. 4, 2014 for a double header.

November 13, 2013|Sports|

Sports Recap: Fall season coming to an end

The end of the line: SMU women’s soccer had a weekend of AAC championship play. The Mustangs defeated Temple 3-0 on Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 to advance to Sunday’s quarterfinals, Nov. 3. Junior Rikki Clarke scored the first two goals in Friday’s game and freshman Taylor Barg made the final goal. Sunday’s quarterfinal game marked the end of the season for the Mustangs after a 3-0 loss to UCF. Head Coach Chris Petrucelli said the team was timid in the first half of Sunday’s game; there was more momentum in the second half when SMU outshot UCF 8-6. The Mustangs end their fall season with a 3-5-1 record in the American Athletic Conference.

End of conference, start of championship: SMU men’s soccer ended 2013 AAC play with a 1-0 loss to UConn on Sunday, Nov. 3. Head Coach Tim McClements commented on Sunday’s game, “I felt like we were able to play good soccer throughout, and I thought we were able to move the ball and maintain possession, which created good opportunities” (SMU Athletics). In conjunction with the last conference game the men celebrated Senior Day and recognized seven seniors for their accomplishments.

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The Mustangs will face UConn again on Nov. 9 for the quarterfinal game of the AAC Conference Championship at 4 p.m.

Weekend sweep: SMU women’s volleyball had a winning weekend, defeating Rutgers Friday, Nov. 1 3-0 and UConn Sunday, Nov. 3, also 3-0. Junior Caroline Young led the offense during Sunday’s game with a match-high 12 kills. The Mustangs now sit 8-3 for the AAC and will travel to Cincinnati on Nov. 8 for their next game.

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Finishing strong:  SMU women’s cross country placed first at Saturday’s Inaugural American Athletic Conference Championship. Six runners earned all-confernce honors and five of them placed in the top ten at the Nov. 2 race. Coach Cathy Casey was also honored with Coach of the Year. This win marks the third straight championship for the Mustangs. Freshman Toya Magnuson placed second overall with a time of 20:23.16. Next up for the Mustangs is the South Central Regional Championship on Nov, 16 in Waco, TX.

See you in spring: SMU Men’s Tennis wrapped up their fall season this weekend at the Jack Kramer Club Invite, Nov. 1-3, 2013. Senior Alex Sanders and sophomore Nate Lammons won the doubles championship and senior Mischa Nowicki advanced to the semifinals for the singles. In addition, freshman Tony Russell made his first appearance for SMU this season and defeated Raphael Davidian of Utah in a singles match. Head Coach Carl Neufeld gave his remarks on the weekend, “All the guys had good results in this invitational at a historic venue. This was a great way to finish the fall, with great effort and results” (SMU Athletics).

November 4, 2013|Sports|

Sports: Away games and player recognition

Double weekend away: SMU volleyball will travel to Memphis Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 for a 6 p.m. game and to Temple Sunday, Oct. 13 for a noon game. The Mustangs are 6-4 all-time against the Tigers but this will be the first time they face Temple. SMU is currently tied for third in the American Athletic Conference with a 3-1 record and they are the second-most efficient hitting team with a .228 attack percentage.

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CCI: SMU men’s tennis will play in the Collin County Invitational in Plano this weekend. The men just wrapped up the ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa where three players advanced to the main draw, Oct. 3-6, 2013. Junior Arturs Kazijevas played singles and fell in the second round of the consolation singles and sophomore Nate Lammons and senior Alex Sanders played doubles, for the first time together, and lost in the first round of consolations doubles. The 2013 Collin County Invitational is Oct. 11-12.

SMU Soccer:

  • Men: SMU men’s soccer plays at Cincinnati this Saturday, Oct. 12, at 6 p.m. SMU is 3-1 all time against Cincinnati who is currently 0-4 in the American Athletic Conference. SMU is 1-1-1 in the conference after a tie against Temple earlier this week; sophomore Eddie Puskarich made the sole goal of the game. Head Coach Tim McClements commented on the game versus Temple, “We would have much rather had three points than one point, but I felt that we played well in the first half. I’m really proud the players came back after the goal in the second half and retook over the game at the end.” (SMU Athletics)
  • Women: SMU women’s soccer travels to New Jersey this weekend to play Rutgers Sunday, Oct. 13, 2103 at 12 p.m. SMU has a 2-2 record in the American Athletic Conference setting them at fifth. The last time SMU and Rutgers met was in 1989 and the Mustangs won; they are hoping for another victory this weekend.

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Highlights: SMU Athletics Recognized

  • SMU senior quarterback Garrett Gilbert was named the American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week. Additionally, he was named to the honorable mention list for College Football Performance Awards National Quarterback of the Week and the honor roll for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award. Gilbert broke five single-game school records at the SMU vs. Rutgers game.
  • SMU senior wide receiver Jeremy Johnson was named the National Player of the Week by the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award and the National Wide Receiver for the Week by College Football Performance Awards. Johnson tied the school record with 18 receptions and broke the school record with 217 receiving yards at the SMU vs. Rutgers game.
  • SMU senior and women’s soccer player Courtney Smith was named to the National Team of the Week by TopDrawerSoccer.com.
  • SMU cross country is rated fourth in the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCA) South Central Region poll.

All photos via SMU Athletics 

October 11, 2013|Sports|

Sports: Volleyball begins AAC play, football battles for the Iron Skillet

Image via SMU Athletics

Image via SMU Athletics

AAC: SMU volleyball travels to Connecticut Friday, Sept. 27 for their first match in the American Athletic Conference. The Mustangs rounded out non-conference play with an 8-5 record and are ranked second in the leagueCaroline Young was named American Athletic Conference Player of the Week, tallying 48 kills in 11 sets at the College of Charleston Classic. This is SMU’s first time facing the huskies, who enter the conference ranked fourth, and the match is set for 6 p.m. On Sunday, Sept. 29, SMU will travel to Rutgers for a game at 12 p.m. This is also the first match-up between the two teams and Rutgers is currently ranked ninth.

Non-conference play: Men’s soccer will take the weekend off from conference play as they head West. On Friday, Sept. 27 the Mustangs face Washington at 6 p.m. and on Sunday, Sept. 29 they take on Portland, at 12:30 p.m. The Mustangs are coming off a win against Rutgers (1-0), their first match in the American Athletic Conference. Sophomore Alfred Koroma made the sole goal and senior Jamie Ibarra was named the American Athletic Conference men’s soccer Goalkeeper of the Week.

Image via SMU Athletics

Image via SMU Athletics

DFW Duel: The Battle for the Iron Skillet continues this weekend when SMU travels to TCU for their 94th meeting. TCU holds the record for all time games, 45-40-7 but SMU won the last match in Fort Worth 40-33 in overtime in 2011. Both SMU and TCU coaches will wear Coach to Cure MD patches at the game in an effort to raise awareness and funding for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research. SMU enters the game 1-2 overall, coming off a 13-42 loss to Texas A&M. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 at Amon Carter Stadium, and the game can be found on FoxSports 1.

Strong start: SMU men’s tennis is headed to Tulsa for the All-American Championships Sept. 28-Oct. 6. The Mustangs won their first event of the season, the Wyndham Invitational, hosted by Rice. In a recent interview SMU Head Coach Carl Neufeld commented on the victory: “We had a great weekend of highly competitive tennis against three-nationally ranked teams.”

Soccer plays away: Women’s soccer will travel to Philadelphia Sunday, Sept. 29 for a noon match against Temple. This is the first meeting between SMU and Temple and SMU’s second game in the American Athletic Conference. The Mustangs enter Sunday 5-4 overall and 0-1 for conference play.

September 27, 2013|Sports|
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