The center is the first phase of the integrated master plan for academic and sports facilities “Tiger Park”.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The University of Memphis Athletics has received an anonymous $5 million commitment to its Student-Athlete Success Center, which will be the first phase of the “Tiger Park” Integrated College and Athletic Facilities Master Plan.
According to a statement, the center is part of the #MemphisRising vision for the 2020s. Located on the University’s Park Avenue campus, it will support all student-athletes by consolidating all academic, nutrition, mental health and development of professional and leadership skills.
Additionally, the University announced that it would issue a Request for Proposals for a 500+ bed apartment-style housing development located in the heart of Tiger Park, just steps from the Student-Athlete Success Center. The University said it expects strong interest from potential development partners for construction of the housing estate which is expected to begin in the summer of 2023.
“We are so grateful for this incredibly generous donation to our student-athlete success center,” said the Memphis vice president and director of intercollegiate athletics. Laird Veatch noted. “This leadership commitment, along with other generous pledges, provides great momentum as we approach nearly $10 million in commitments toward our $25 million goal. If we can make meaningful progress toward the additional support needed this calendar year, this may allow us to align our construction schedule with the student housing project.
“Together, these two projects will transform the athletics portion of the Park Avenue campus into Tiger Park – a comprehensive, one-stop living and learning environment for all student-athletes in Memphis.”
In addition to the renovations already planned for FedExPark Avron Fogelman Field starting this summer, the release says other major elements of the Tiger Park sports facilities master plan in Memphis will include a new football stadium and the continued renovation and of the expansion of the Murphy complex.
The plan will be completed in phases over the next decade with a timeline determined by philanthropic support and the availability of additional funding.