Loras Rock Bowl

Loras College receives $250,000 Matching Gift Challenge

Money will help fund estimated $1 million renovation to the Rock Bowl

DUBUQUE, Iowa – Loras College has received a commitment from Paul and Mary Finnegan, parents of a Loras alumnus and of Evanston, Illinois, to match gifts up to $250,000 to support renovations to the Rock Bowl.

To date, the College has raised over $400,000 for the renovations set to begin in April. When complete, the stadium will receive a state-of-the-art playing surface, updated track surface and a new scoreboard.

“With Paul’s and Mary’s ongoing support and their generous match, we will be able to enhance the experiences for student athletes and spectators,” Jim Collins, president of Loras College, said. “All the support we’ve garnered thus far is pivotal to the success of this initiative and enhancing our nationally recognized athletic programs.”

“The stadium is a central part to Loras life, and it played an important role in our son’s experience at Loras,” Mary said when she and Paul offered this matching gift challenge.

“A project of this magnitude requires support from many people including Loras alumni, families, fans from various areas,” Denise Udelhofen, director of Loras College Athletics. “This contribution from the Finnegan family helps us move closer to our department goals so that we can continue to provide state-of-the-art facilities for our student-athletes.”

Annually, the Rock Bowl accommodates more than 10,000 fans, more than 500 student athletes, and hosts more than 1,000 competitions. In addition, the stadium is home to the Loras All-Sports Camp and numerous Dubuque Wahlert Catholic sporting events.

“The Rock Bowl is located in the heart of our campus,” Collins said. “Whether you attend a football game, lacrosse match, soccer game, track meet, concert, marching band performance or just walk to class, you can’t help but appreciate this iconic landmark that is full of history, success and memories.”

For individuals interested in taking advantage of the match and making a donation to the Rock Bowl renovations, visit alumni.loras.edu/rockbowl or call 563.588.7328.

Loras leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan institutions to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. Loras ranks among 450 NCAA Division III athletic programs in Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, 11th out of the Top 100 baccalaureate colleges, according to the 2016 Washington Monthly College Rankings, 13th Best Regional College, according to Midwest U.S. News Best Colleges and is among the 200 Best-Loved Colleges in the nation, according to Forbes Magazine.

Visit www.loras.edu, call (563) 588-7100 or (800) 245-6727, like Loras College on Facebook or follow @lorascollege to learn more.

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