Oct 26, 2013; Ames, IA, USA; Iowa State Cyclones wide receiver Quenton Bundrage (9) celebrates his touchdown during the first quarter against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Jack Trice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa State football: University receives $25 million gift, will enclose Jack Trice Stadium

A huge donation from the Reiman Publications founders of $25 million has been given to Iowa State University, which will be used to evolve the Reiman Gardens and close up the south end zone of Jack Trice Stadium.

From the Cyclones.com press release:

Roy (’57 agricultural journalism) and Bobbi (’06 honorary alumna) Reiman pledged the transformational gift to the university that will be used to develop a grand entrance to Reiman Gardens and also enclose the south end of Jack Trice Stadium.

The Reimans, whose generosity to Iowa State University has spanned many years and projects, previously supported the creation of a 17-acre botanical garden (dedicated in 1995), which bears their family name. That facility, which was named 2008 “Attraction of the Year” by the Iowa Tourism Office, sits adjacent to the stadium on the south end of campus.

Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard said he was “humbled” by the gift and that it will “give the stadium a big time feel and improve the game-day experience.”

The focus of the donation will obviously be on enclosing the stadium, creating a much bigger home field advantage for a Cyclone fanbase that has constantly packed the stadium recently. But the additional improvements to the Reiman Gardens is also great news. Iowa State has a lot of pride in how their university looks, and giving visitors and newcomers a booming entrance would create a great first impression.

Here’s another thanks to Roy and Bobbi Reiman on the donation, they’ve made fans and everyone associated with the Cyclones family happy today.

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