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William & Mary to renovate football stadium

Williamsburg, VA - William & Mary's Zable Stadium will be getting an expensive facelift.

The football stadium for the Colonial Athletic Association program has been earmarked for renovations as part of a $23.9 million gift to the university made by the estate of the late Walter J. Zable, namesake of the stadium.

The gift ranks among the largest in university history, with $20 million of it to be split between scholarships for student-athletes and renovations to the stadium. The remaining $3.9 million was undesignated and William & Mary is exploring the best use for the funds.

The stadium, built in 1935, is in dire need of repair. Athletic director Terry Driscoll said the university expects to develop concept drawings on possible proposals over the summer months.

"We are very early in the concept phase for the stadium renovation project," he said. "As our 2006 master plan shows, this stadium repair and renovation project is long overdue. Thanks to Walt Zable and his love of the Tribe, we're much closer to making it a reality."

Zable was a 1937 graduate of William & Mary. He was an honorable mention All- American in football while also lettering in baseball, basketball and track.

04/12 13:00:26 ET