SMU Athletics reveals new Moody Coliseum court design

With the $47 million renovation and expansion of Moody Coliseum moving closer to completion, SMU Athletics has revealed the new floor design for the historic facility.

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The court will have a blue border to contrast with the red seating and accents of the arena’s lower section. White lines will mark the lanes, three-point arcs and mid-court stripe. To keep the design clean, classic and simple, there will be no paint inside the lanes.

The center-court logo includes the blue SMU word mark and red pony. In addition, web and social media markings have been added to the sidelines ( and @SMUMustangs).

“Our goal was simple: create a nationally-recognized floor design that complements the Moody Coliseum renovation while maintaining the heritage and tradition of SMU basketball,” said Erik Herskind ’87, principal at Greenlight, the firm that created the design.

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The new design also focuses on branding the University and SMU Athletics as the Mustangs’ exposure reaches unprecedented levels. All 18 men’s basketball conference games will be nationally televised during SMU’s inaugural season in the American Athletic Conference.

“We’re proud of where the design landed,” Herskind said. “It was a highly collaborative process between the design team at Greenlight and the staff at SMU. As an SMU alum, and father of an SMU sophomore, it was a particularly rewarding project for me. To be able to give back to the school this way feels great.”

The new court design will be ready for the opening home doubleheader on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014. The new Moody will open to Mustang fans with the men hosting Connecticut at 1 p.m. and the women facing South Florida at 3:30 p.m.

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Millers commit $10 million to Moody Coliseum renovation, expansion

David B. and Carolyn Lacy MillerDavid B. Miller, SMU alumnus and member of the Board of Trustees, and his wife, Carolyn Lacy Miller, have committed $10 million toward the expansion and renovation of Moody Coliseum.

“With this remarkable gift, David and Carolyn Miller move us closer to full funding for the renovation and expansion of this major resource for the campus and community,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “As a former Mustang basketball player, David has enjoyed the excitement of athletic success in this facility, and he and Carolyn have participated in numerous ceremonies in Moody. Now they are helping to ensure that others enjoy these communal experiences in a state-of-the-art version of this historic facility.”

The Millers’ announcement came just days after the Moody Foundation announced April 20 that it is committing $20 million toward the $40 million Moody expansion and renovation project. “With these lead gifts, we feel confident we have the momentum to attract other donors, and we look forward to working with them,” Turner added.

In commenting on their gift, David Miller said, “I had a wonderful academic and athletic experience at SMU. We are delighted to give something back to a University that has been so important to three generations of our family.”

Miller is co-founder and partner of EnCap Investments L.P., a private equity firm based in Houston and Dallas. He also is president of the David B. Miller Family Foundation, which he established in 2006. In addition to SMU, the foundation contributes to numerous charitable organizations. Carolyn Miller is vice president of the foundation.

Mr. Miller earned two degrees from SMU, a B.B.A. degree in finance in 1972 and an M.B.A. degree in 1973. As an undergraduate, he was a three-year starter and letterman on the varsity basketball team and a member of the 1971-1972 Southwest Conference Co-Championship team. Mr. Miller received the Distinguished Alumni Award from SMU’s Cox School of Business in 2000. In 2009 he received the Silver Anniversary Mustang Award from the SMU Lettermen’s Association.

“We are happy and honored that a former SMU student-athlete who has done so well professionally continues to support our student-athletes at such a significant level,” said Director of Athletics Steve Orsini. “David understands the importance of athletics to SMU, and this gift gives our programs an immediate and long-lasting boost, as well as dramatically improving the quality of experience all students will enjoy at Moody Coliseum events. The Millers’ generous gift will help make our legendary facility a state-of-the-art venue and help our teams meet the top-25 standard we have set for each of them.”

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Moody Foundation’s $20 million gift will renovate namesake coliseum at SMU

Moody Coliseum architectural detailA $20 million gift from the Moody Foundation will help provide an extensive expansion and renovation of Moody Coliseum, a campus and Dallas landmark that is home to SMU Commencement as well as numerous speaking, athletics and community events such as concerts and high school graduations.

“Moody Coliseum has long been a signature space to the University and the city,” says SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “With this generous gift from the Moody Foundation, the coliseum will be ready for the future.”

The project will feature new premium seating, as well as courtside retractable seating designated for students and renovation of the entry lobby and concourses. Technology improvements will include new video boards, scoreboards, sound system, broadcast capabilities and heating and cooling systems. In addition, office suites, restrooms and locker rooms will be upgraded.

Additional donors will be sought for the $40 million project. Project planning and design will begin immediately. The construction start date has not yet been determined.

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William L. Moody Jr. and his wife, Libbie Rice Shearn Moody, established the Moody Foundation in 1942 to benefit present and future Texans. During the 1960s, the Foundation awarded grants throughout the state, often focusing on capital projects for private colleges and universities as well as support for children’s health projects, libraries and historic preservation.

The Foundation, now led by the Moodys’ descendants, currently emphasizes ongoing Foundation-initiated projects such as Moody Gardens, the Transitional Learning Center for traumatic brain injury and the Moody Scholars Program, in addition to a wide array of social services and educational projects. SMU and the Moody Foundation have enjoyed a long partnership, including the Foundation’s support of facility improvements to Fondren Science Building and Moody Coliseum.

Known as SMU Coliseum when it opened in 1956, the building was renamed Moody Coliseum in 1965 in recognition of a $1 million gift from the Moody Foundation. In its inaugural year, fans packed the 9,000-seat coliseum to cheer the Mustang men’s basketball team to the Southwest Conference Championship and NCAA postseason competition. Women’s basketball came to Moody Coliseum in 1976 and women’s volleyball began there in 1996. Legend has it that “Moody Magic” contributes to consistent wins at home for Mustang teams.

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Each May the coliseum is transformed to host SMU Commencement as well as graduation ceremonies for thousands of area high school students. Four U.S. presidents have spoken at Moody Coliseum, including Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush. Poet T.S. Eliot also spoke to audiences there. Other events such as installation of United Methodist Church bishops and Highland Park United Methodist Church Easter services have taken place at Moody.

Moody Coliseum also has been the venue for bands such as the Rolling Stones, Three Dog Night, the Grateful Dead, Queen, U2 and Pearl Jam. Dallas’ first professional basketball team, the Chaparrals, competed at Moody along with professional tennis players at the Virginia Slims and WCT professional tennis tournaments. Cheerleading, basketball and volleyball camps, Boy Scout conferences and fundraising dance marathons also have taken place at Moody Coliseum.

The Moody Foundation gift counts toward SMU’s Second Century Campaign. Launched in 2008 with a goal of $750 million, gifts to date now have reached more than $500 million. The Second Century Campaign seeks support for the University’s key priorities of student quality, faculty and academic excellence and the campus experience.

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Ford Stadium opener to show off new art, upgraded A/V

Ford Stadium aerial viewFans at SMU’s first 2010 home football game against UAB Sept. 11 will notice some big changes to Gerald J. Ford Stadium. Among the most noticeable will be the new integrated video and audio system.

SMU’s new Daktronics videoboard measures approximately 32 feet high by 45 feet wide, and a new custom sound system will deliver pounding bass energy, smooth mid- and high-range frequencies, and high-impact entertainment throughout the stadium.

Fans seated in Ford Stadium’s Club Level will notice new wall murals throughout the 3rd floor, and visitors to the Hall of Champions will see a room filled with tributes to some of SMU’s greatest champions.

Over the past four years, SMU has undertaken a $60 million facilities plan, building new venues and improving existing ones. The $13-million, 43,000-square foot Crum Basketball Center, a basketball-only practice facility adjacent to Moody Coliseum, opened in February 2008 and the Turpin Tennis Stadium opened in April 2008. Ground has been broken for the SMU Payne Stewart Golf Learning Center and renovations to Moody Coliseum, which began in 2008 with the installation of a new $900,000 video board and redesigned court, continue.

The 2010 home slate consists of six games. SMU will begin Conference USA play at the UAB home opener.

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