AUBURN, Ala. — Just a couple of days after athletic director Jay Jacobs released renderings and information of the new football facility at Jordan-Hare Stadium via email, Auburn Athletics received the largest donation in history.
The Auburn Board of Trustees approved a $5 million gift from the Raymond Harbert Family to commence the fundraising for the stadium’s south end zone renovations.
Raymond and his wife, Kathryn Harbert, are co-chairs of the ‘Because This is Auburn’ campaign and have made previous investments in the athletics department and to the Harbert College of Business. Because of these gifts, the Harberts have been recognized by the Tower Circle of the 1856 Society and the Tigers Unlimited’s Oaks Society, both Auburn’s most prestigious recognition societies.
“This is a historic day for Auburn Athletics, and we are extremely grateful to Raymond and Kathryn for all they have done and continue to do for Auburn,” Jacobs said in a statement on Friday. “The Harberts have shown us time and again that they believe in Auburn and love it. Our hope is that their generous support and loyalty will inspire other alumni to support our athletic programs and the student-athletes who represent us at the highest level possible.”
The board approved the $28 million project, which will renovate locker rooms and add recruiting space to Jordan-Hare’s South End Zone in February.
There are also plans for two levels of club space amenities. The scheduled completion date is planned for before the 2018 football season.
“Auburn University and Auburn Athletics has been an important part of my family’s life” Harbert said in a statement. “We want to see Auburn thrive on all levels – academically and athletically. Recruiting is the life-blood to building successful teams. Kathryn and I are pleased to invest in a project that will build on Auburn’s history of attracting top-talent.”