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Construction has begun on Northwest's Hughes Fieldhouse, and alumni and friends may now contribute to the project by purchasing commemorative bricks, pavers, trees or benches to be placed with a Walk of Champions at the entrance of the building.

Construction has begun on Northwest's Hughes Fieldhouse, and alumni and friends may now contribute to the project by purchasing commemorative bricks, pavers, trees or benches to be placed with a Walk of Champions at the entrance of the building.

July 14, 2017

Alumni, friends invited to join giving team in support of Hughes Fieldhouse

Northwest Missouri State University alumni and friends can now contribute to the construction and future needs of the Carl and Cheryl Hughes Fieldhouse by purchasing commemorative bricks, pavers, trees or benches, as well as through traditional monetary donations.

“Joining our winning team to support this exciting project builds on the importance of health, wellness and our competitive advantage at Northwest,” Mike Johnson, Northwest’s vice president of university advancement, said. “The contributions of our alumni and friends to Northwest affirm their affinity to our great University, and the Hughes Fieldhouse is raising the bar.”

Northwest broke ground June 15 for the Hughes Fieldhouse, a 137,250 square-foot, $20 million facility designed to serve a multitude of social, recreational and economic needs for the University and region.

Donors already have committed $13 million to the project through donations and pledges secured by the Northwest Foundation. Leading support for the project is provided by the Founding 50, with the Carl and Cheryl Hughes Family, the Mel and Valorie Booth Family, the city of Maryville and Nodaway Valley Bank working as “team captains” of the group.

Additional sources, including the University and students, are contributing to the project, but a remaining $600,000 gap must be raised to complete the facility prior to its summer 2018 dedication.

“I think when we committed to doing this project, in the back of your mind, you’re thinking ‘I wonder if we really can,’ and I can’t get over the people that have stepped up,” said Dr. Robert Burrell, a 1970 Northwest alumnus who is a member of the Northwest Foundation Board of Directors and joined the Founding 50 with his wife, Seal, to support the Hughes Fieldhouse. “The need is so obvious, and all you have to do is come back and engage with some of the students, and it gets a lot easier to make these types of commitments.”

One of the easiest ways for donors to contribute is by purchasing a brick or paver to be featured as part of the Walk of Champions leading to the Hughes Fieldhouse entrance. Donors may choose to have their names or organizations etched into history with the purchase of a 4-by-8-inch brick for $150 or an 8-by-8-inch paver for $300.

In alignment with the Missouri Arboretum and the campus landscape that remains a significant piece of Northwest’s heritage, donors also may purchase trees that will line the Walk of Champions and the surrounding area. Trees may be purchased for $1,500 and bear a donor’s name.

Benches to provide seating along the Walk of Champions are available for $5,000 and may include a plaque with the donor’s name.

Interested donors may give directly or request more information online at


More about the Hughes Fieldhouse

Northwest has outlined four goals for the facility: promoting health, wellness and engaged programming for Northwest’s students, faculty and staff as well as the broader community; providing a competitive advantage relative to Northwest’s intercollegiate athletics teams and overall programming; enhancing Northwest’s ability to recruit, retain and engage students; and providing enhanced community partnership opportunities and economic development outcomes.

The Hughes Fieldhouse is expected to enhance student engagement and create more opportunities for intramurals and recreation on campus as well as large University events such as commencement ceremonies, concerts or Career Day. Student organizations and performance groups, such as the Bearcat Marching Band, will use the facility for activities when inclement weather sets in. Bearcat athletics teams are expected to benefit from the facility’s indoor flooring system, 90-yard practice turf and 300-meter indoor competition track.

In addition to its recreational features, the Hughes Fieldhouse will be Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) certified, designed and constructed according to modern sustainability standards. It is expected to include recreation and exhibition space, spectator seating and tiered meeting rooms.

While funding for the project is coming from multiple sources, including a significant percentage from donors, Maryville voters approved a transient guest tax last November that will support the operation of the facility. The city has since formed a tourism committee charged with developing ways to use revenues from the tax and maximize the center for community events such as trade shows, conferences, school functions and recreational activities.

When complete, the Hughes Fieldhouse is expected to provide an additional economic impact of $23.8 million, the equivalent of creating 946 new jobs, for the region. That comes as an addition to the $617.5 million Northwest generates in added regional income.

A grand opening is targeted during summer 2018. To learn more about the Hughes Fieldhouse, visit

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468