So is Seawolves United funded by the school, or is it just wishful thinking by a handful of fans with $2.79 ?
It takes a real financial commitment (and a plan, and some luck, and some timing) to pull all that off.
It's legit, it appears. They already have a pledge of $5 million from one family for the indoor training facility, and the site states there's been almost 1,200 donations. This only just launched, too, in late June/early July?
With these things, and what Stony only needs to really prove: can it raise even just half of the $100 million? That's a good sign you have a base that's interested in athletics without a clear or defined directive. Part of this campaign is to find some of the high-roller boosters, and that's not just for athletics, although this event takes its aim for them. Another part to this is trying to get some of the renovations they've wanted to do to LaValle but can't get via state funds.
The football stadium is aiming for this result
. Looks much bigger than 15K. The current structure's over 8K
. I think the renderings put the stadium in the 25-30K range.
My impression is: they pumped money into their basketball arena when they thought CAA was a target. That venue, however, is a paltry 4K. THAT is a red flag for FBS considerations, but, it looks like the fund will study other options for these facilities, if not lay some groundwork down for future projects.
I think you have another Coastal Carolina on your hands with them. They set a level, CAA, and got hosed by that conference's small-time politics. So, now they want bigger. Given how they stand, institutionally, and where they reside, yeah...this is a school with a potentially high ceiling. If they can find the money, they may get sent to the front. And by the look of their projects, they're being more explicit about their intentions than Madison and Missouri State are. Stony doesn't need to probably do what others must...Stony's a top-level national university and an AAU member. They won't have to work hard at all for this if they want it.
America East's kind of in a bad spot with that one, then. They don't want CCSU or NJIT. Monmouth's out there, but without football sponsorship, it puts Monmouth in front of CAAF, who probably don't want them (until some of the other associate members leave, like Villanova). Who else does that put out there?