Old College Field entrance to be named in honor of Joe D. Pentecost

Contact: Tom Oswald, University Relations, Office: (517) 432-0920, Cell: (517) 281-7129, Tom.Oswald@ur.msu.edu; Charles Sleeper, Intercollegiate Athletics, Office: (517) 432-4611, sleeper@ath.msu.edu; Mark Hollis, Intercollegiate Athletics, Office: (517) 355-1623, hollis@athlmsu.edu

Dec 09, 2011

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Thanks to a new commitment of $2 million by the Joe D. Pentecost Foundation, a new entrance to Michigan State University’s Old College Field will be constructed and named in Pentecost’s honor.

At its meeting today, the MSU Board of Trustees accepted the donation that will construct the plaza, which will serve as the entrance to the McLane Baseball Stadium, Secchia Softball Stadium and DeMartin Soccer Stadium.

Construction of the Plaza, which will include a red brick walkway and archway, is set to begin in the spring of 2012, with completion later that fall.

“Michigan State University is excited to be the recipient of the Pentecost Foundation Board’s outstanding generosity,” said MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon. “We enthusiastically look forward to completing the beautiful Old College Field project in such a first-class manner. This crown jewel simply wouldn’t have been possible without its support and leadership.”

“The Pentecost Plaza will be the first impression to each and every fan, parent and student-athlete that enters Old College Field and will serve as a concrete reflection of our commitment to provide the resources for all of our deserving student-athletes to achieve excellence on and off the field,” said MSU Athletics Director Mark Hollis.

The Pentecost Foundation was established in 2002. It was named in honor of Joe D. Pentecost, an entrepreneur and real estate developer whose love and passion for MSU was evident for more than 35 years as a season-ticket holder and donor. Pentecost died in 2006.

During his life, he contributed to the Spartan Stadium Expansion Project, the Berkowitz Basketball Complex and the Clara Bell Smith Student-Athlete Academic Center. The Pentecost Foundation has continued his work by establishing the Joe D. Pentecost Foundation Scholarship, the naming of the Joe D. Pentecost Football Team Meeting Room, and several other special projects.

“On behalf of the Joe D. Pentecost Foundation Board, we are excited to participate in the completion of the Old College Field project by naming the Pentecost Plaza,” said Pentecost Foundation Board President Rita Stoskopf. “We know that Joe would be proud of our continued support of Spartan Athletics and we look forward to opening the facility to the public next fall.”