The ceremonial groundbreaking of the Jamie L. Roberts Stadium, St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s new athletic stadium. The stadium is part of the College’s successful completion of its $2.5 million Capital Campaign Challenge which allowed it to qualify for more than $75 million in state facility funds.
• Tuajuanda C. Jordan, president, St. Mary’s College
• Sven Holms, chair, Board of Trustees, St. Mary’s College
• Bob Roberts, father of Jamie L. Roberts
• Elected state officials
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 17, 12:30 p.m. (rain or shine)
WHERE: Athletic fields off of Mattapany Road, St. Mary’s College of Maryland
The success of the campaign challenge can be attributed in part to the William P. Roberts, III family. The Roberts family donated $2.2 million to the College, with $970,000 of the total donation enabling the campaign to reach its goal. As a result of the total donation – the single largest gift in the history of the College – the new athletic stadium complex will be named the Jamie L. Roberts Stadium, in honor of Jamie L. Roberts, a St. Mary’s College class of 2011 economics major and three-sport star athlete who was tragically killed in June 2014 while riding her bicycle across the country in the 4K For Cancer event, which raised money for the Ulman Cancer Fund to support young adults impacted by cancer.
The 4,200-square-foot lighted stadium, including team rooms, a track, bleachers, press box, restrooms and concessions, will be situated between synthetic and grass fields on Mattapany Road. The building campaign also supports the completion of a new 52,289-square-foot academic building to house the College’s music department, a 700-seat auditorium, education studies department, which includes the Master of Arts in Teaching program, and a multi-discipline learning commons area. The entire project is to be completed in phases beginning with the sports complex. The sports complex is scheduled for completion by 2019 and the completion of the entire project is anticipated by 2022.