June 13, 2008
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State University Board of Trustees voted today to name the Hall of History in the Skandalaris Football Center in honor of the Demmer family, founders of the Lansing-based Demmer Corp. and longtime supporters of MSU athletic programs.
The display area will be named "The Demmer Family Hall of History" in honor of John E. Demmer, William and Linda Demmer, Ed and Laura Demmer, all of Lansing, and Brad and Peg Demmer (San Antonio, Texas).
The family's gift is among the most significant made to the football facility project.
"MSU is honored to add the Demmer family name to our Hall of History area," said MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon.
The Demmer Family Hall of History will provide a public display for MSU's rich football tradition, highlighting the many accomplishments of its outstanding former players, coaches and teams.
"I firmly believe the best indicator of our future is our past, so we must appreciate and embrace our heritage as we strive to return this football program to national prominence," said MSU head coach Mark Dantonio. "The Demmer Family Hall of History will allow us to do just that, and it will be a tremendous asset to our recruiting process."
The MSU Board of Trustees approved the construction project in June 2006, and the Demmer family gift brings the total raised for the project to $15 million.
"We have always enjoyed a special relationship with MSU and the football program, so we are honored to be able to associate our family name with the proud history of Spartan football," said William Demmer.
In addition to the Hall of History, the 25,000-square-foot Skandalaris Football Center features new team, staff and position meeting rooms and coaches' offices. MSU alumni Robert and Julie Skandalaris of Bloomfield Hills donated $5 million as the lead gift for the Duffy Daugherty Football Building expansion project.
Former MSU head football coach George Perles and his wife Sally Perles contributed $500,000 for the construction of a $1 million plaza outside the facility. The first phase of the Duffy Daugherty Football Building expansion project is scheduled for completion in late July.
In April, the second phase of construction began with the expansion of the weight room that will increase in size from 9,000 to 16,500 square feet. The $2 million weight-room expansion and upgrade is scheduled for completion in early October.
"It's exciting to watch the transformation of the 29-year-old Duffy Daugherty Football Building into a state-of-the-art facility," said MSU Athletics Director Mark Hollis. "It will provide an ideal environment for teaching, learning and training."
A formal dedication ceremony for the Skandalaris Football Center is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 21.
"We are looking forward to opening this state-of-the-art facility, and we encourage all of our donors and fans to join us in the celebration," said Chuck Sleeper, MSU senior associate athletic director.