The Old Dominion football program has received a major boost. On Thursday, January 3, it was announced that the Monarchs have received a giant donation to renovate the stadium. According to WEB – 3, the Monarchs have received $3 million to renovate the stadium.
From the report:
[Barry] Kornblau was honored for his latest contribution – a $3 million gift to help fund the $67.5 million renovation of S.B. Ballard Stadium. ODU officials, including Broderick, honored Kornblau on Dec 5, in the first half of the men’s basketball game with William & Mary.
Minium wrote that this donation was the largest gift ODU has received for athletics in 13 years, bringing the University closer to the $40 million fundraising goal for athletics announced last year by President John R. Broderick.
Since fundraising began 16 months ago, ODU has raised $29 million for athletics.
“It’s difficult to say no to President Broderick,” Kornblau said, according to the report. “He’s done so much for this University. If I was listing my accomplishments to ODU, being on the Board of Visitors when we made the decision to hire him would be at the top. That was the smartest decision we ever made.”
This past season, Old Dominion went a measley 4-8 under head coach Bobby Wilder, who is in his tenth season leading the program.