UTEP President Diana Natalicio and Director of Athletics Jim Senter today announced the Hunt Family Foundation has made a commitment to give $2 million to assist in the renovation of the Sun Bowl stadium.
“We are grateful to the Hunt family, longtime supporters of The University of Texas at El Paso, for their generosity as we continue to modernize this iconic campus venue,” President Natalicio said. “The Sun Bowl, which recently celebrated its 50th birthday, has been the site of many memorable moments for all of us at UTEP and in the surrounding region. The Hunt family’s generous gift will help ensure that this facility continues to serve the campus and community as a premier venue for major events for many years to come.”
The gift to UTEP Athletics will launch construction of the Hunt Family Sky Lounge, replacing the existing Captain’s Club on the west side of the stadium. The new lounge is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2019.
Director of Athletics Jim Senter said the Sun Bowl stadium renovation project is being conducted in two phases. Phase One included comprehensive work to modernize the stadium’s west concourse. Senter explained that Phase Two will include the new Hunt Family Sky Lounge and other major venue enhancements.
Josh Hunt, Executive Vice President of Hunt Companies and President of the Hunt Family Foundation said, “For generations, our family has been a supporter of UTEP and that certainly includes its athletic programs. UTEP is a critical component in the economic development of this region and the Sun Bowl plays a major role in that as well as in our quality of life. The Sun Bowl Restoration Project will make the stadium a better, more competitive facility and we are pleased to be a part of this initiative.”
“The excitement for this project continues to grow, and it wouldn’t be possible without the support of tremendous community partners like the Hunt family.” Senter added that UTEP fans can now purchase loge boxes and club seating in the new Sun Bowl.
The Hunt Family Foundation, a private family foundation founded in 1987 by Woody Hunt and his wife Gayle, supports not-for-profit organizations and initiatives that focus on the Paso del Norte region which includes El Paso County, Texas; Doña Ana County, New Mexico; Otero County, New Mexico; and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, México.
The Foundation also supports organizations whose programs impact the state of Texas, and the nation as a whole. Charitable giving is focused on healthcare, education, arts, local heritage, quality-of-life initiatives, and regional economic development.