HICKORY, N.C. – Lenoir-Rhyne announced this week a major renovation of the Helen and Leonard Moretz Stadium, home to football and men’s and women’s lacrosse.
Called the Centennial Campaign for Moretz Stadium, the $15 million renovation will touch every aspect of the stadium. Improvements will include new and enhanced grandstands, new entrances on the west and east sides, new concession stands and restrooms, new video boards and a new press box. In addition, there will be eight luxury suites and a club VIP seating area, making Moretz Stadium one of the few Division II schools with suites and club seating.
“This will be the first major renovation to Moretz Stadium since 1964 and will significantly improve the game-day experience for our student-athletes and fans,” said Kim Pate, vice president for athletics. “This bold plan aligns with our strategic plan for athletics that calls for enhancing our facilities over the next decade.”
Fundraising to support this initiative is already underway. Thanks to early commitments from private donors, more than $8 million has already been committed to the project, including a lead gift from Marilyn and John Moretz. In honor of their gift, LR will name its entire athletic campus, which comprises six key sporting venues, the Moretz Sports Athletic Campus.
“We are incredibly grateful to Marilyn and John Moretz for their generous support of this project,” said Pate. “The Moretz family has a long history with LR, and their support has been instrumental in positioning the athletic program and the overall University for success well into the future.”
LR also received early support for the renovation from George Moretz and the Moretz Family Foundation. LR is proud that the stadium will retain its name, the Helen and Leonard Moretz Stadium. The stadium was initially named for Helen and Leonard Moretz in 1989.
Construction will begin immediately following the fall 2021 football season with the majority of the project expected to be completed before the 2022 football season. Key components of the renovation include:
“This renovation will allow LR to provide nationally competitive facilities for our Division II athletics program, aid in recruitment of student-athletes and enhance LR’s position as a university recognized for both its academic and athletic success,” said Dr. Fred Whitt, university president.
More information on the project can be found at www.lr.edu/moretzstadium.