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Louisiana Athletics Receives Seven-Figure Gift from MacLaff Inc.
Seven-figure donation will support the renovation of Cajun Field and secure naming rights for Victory Bell Tower
LAFAYETTE – The Louisiana Department of Athletics has received a generous seven-figure gift from MacLaff Inc. to help towards the highly-anticipated renovation of Cajun Field, it was announced on Thursday.
The gift also secures the naming rights for the Victory Bell Tower in the south end zone.
MacLaff, Inc., which owns and operates multiple McDonald's throughout South Louisiana, is a long time RCAF investor and supporter of the University, the Athletics department and Ragin' Cajuns Sports Properties.
"We are extremely grateful for MacLaff Inc.'s investment in Ragin' Cajuns Athletics as we move forward with the renovation of Cajun Field," Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Bryan Maggard said. "This level of support continues to reinforce the commitment our community and region has toward our football program."
The new west tower of the renovated facility will feature premium suites, a luxurious club level and club seats, loge boxes, and press box. The premium amenities available to Ragin' Cajuns fans will offer new avenues for their involvement with the football program and the Ragin' Cajuns Athletics Foundation.
Premium suites include indoor private seating as well as available outdoor seating for suite holders and their guests. Other amenities include access to the climate-controlled club area, premium catered food and beverages, the ability to add additional food and drink, and a suite attendant to assist with game day needs.
Loge boxes feature private outdoor seating and come with access to premium parking. Club seats will be assigned outdoor seating with high-quality chairs with armrests and beverage holders. Patrons in the loge boxes and club seats will also have access to the club area and all of its amenities.
The club area will also serve as a dining facility for Louisiana's more than 400 student-athletes throughout the year.
Additional plans for the project include a new videoboard, lights, sound system, renovated west side seating, new east side façade and operational and office spaces for Department of Athletics staff.
"At MacLaff, Inc., we have long been aware of the economic impact that UL has on the city, the state, and the region," President and CEO of MacLaff Inc. E.J. Krampe said. "We know it is of paramount importance to remain ahead of other universities regarding the quality of facilities, the "Game Day" experience, and the education that the University provides. The Cajun Field renovation will be a major step forward in that ongoing endeavor. We have been and will continue to be proud partners in the effort to drive success in education and athletics with the University of Louisiana."
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