Mayer Press Box opens for Spring Game

ASU holds ribbon cutting ceremony for the donor-funded press box

By Brit Raley
On April 26, 2018

 Photo by Brit Raley
Richard and Betty Mayer, along with their grandson, Clark Mayer, cut the ribbon together. Richard Mayer’s brother, youngest son and oldest son also attend the ceremony.

 

Faculty, students, athletes and community members came together Saturday afternoon, April 21, for the ribbon cutting and opening ceremony of the Mayer Press Box.

At the event, President Dr. Brian May said that “Other schools in our conference will be announcing new stadiums and new facilities, and every bit of it will be paid by student fees.”

“There is not one dime of student money behind me,” Dr. May said as he stood in front of the press box.

 “I can tell you nobody and no one has done more for Angelo State University than Richard and Betty Mayer,” Dr. May said.

Richard and Betty Mayer donated money to pay for the press box.

Dr. May introduced Richard Mayer to the audience as he came up to say a few words.

“I have enjoyed everything that I have done for the university,” Mayer said.

Enrollment has increased, and the bigger the enrollment, the more we can do for our athletes, according to Mayer.

“[One thing about] Angelo State that has impressed me is that all of the athletes get their degree, and they come out with good grades,” Mayer said. “Education is number one at ASU.”

Mickey Long, a member of the Texas Tech Board of Regents, spoke during the ceremony along with six other people.

“There will be two families that will go down in the folklore of ASU, Mr. and Mrs. Carr for the Carr Scholarship, and the Richard Mayer family,” Long said.

Congressman Mike Conaway also spoke during the ceremony.

“Players after players will play on that field and fans after fans will be in this 
stadium for decades and will benefit from the great work [the Mayer family has] done,” Rep. Conaway said.

Dr. May said, It took a while to design the press box with 162 changes throughout the process. 

This press box is revolutionary for this stadium, Dr. May said.

Will Wagner, head football coach, said the Mayer Press Box along with the other athletic facilities is a great recruiting tool.

At the end of the ceremony Richard and Betty Mayer along with their grandson, Clark Mayer, cut the ribbon.

After the ceremony all members of the audience were invited to tour the new press box.

The audience enjoyed snacks and refreshments provided. 

The Mayer family and friends used the press box soon after the ceremony to watch the spring football game. 

Dylan Jimenez, sophomore and Ram TV employee, said “The new press box will be used for fans who get suite tickets to view the game.”

“The suite will also be used by coaching coordinators,” Jimenez said.

“The press box, being paid from a donation, is a good sign that the university is in good terms with alumni who care about the school and want it to be the best there is,” Jimenez said.

 

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