Press Box Suite Level Named in Honor of Richardson Family

March 2, 2017

RUSTON, La. - The suite level in Louisiana Tech’s new press box at Joe Aillet Stadium will be named in honor of the Chris Richardson family, it was announced by the athletic department Thursday.

Richardson and his wife, Anne, made a $1 million commitment to the project to earn naming rights for the suite level in Louisiana Tech’s new press box, which is expected to reach completion prior to the start of the 2017 football season.

"Anne and I congratulate Tech on another great addition and rework of the football stadium,” Richardson said. “I have been involved since the stadium was first built and I have many fond memories of games played there as well as being a spectator for many more. We are pleased to support this effort to continue the Tech Football program in the right direction. It is great to support a winning effort by Tech and the staff."

In August, Louisiana Tech Athletics Director Tommy McClelland revealed that a new $16.7 million press box and guest suite facility would be built. An additional $1.9 million will be invested in other stadium improvements, including LED lighting, a permanent west side ticket booth, renovations to the west side bathrooms and aesthetic improvements to stadium entry points.

“Chris and Anne have been such wonderful supporters of Louisiana Tech Athletics,” McClelland said. “This recent gift is a continuation of that support. We are so grateful for their friendship and generosity. Chris is also a great example to our current student athletes. He received a great education for Louisiana Tech and has applied that knowledge to build a successful career. “

A three-time letterwinner for Louisiana Tech on the gridiron, Richardson was a defensive guard under legendary Bulldog coach Maxie Lambright from 1969-71 and helped lead Tech to two conference titles in that span.

In 1971, Richardson helped lead Louisiana Tech to a 9-2 record, a Southland Conference championship and a victory over Eastern Michigan in the Pioneer Bowl in the NCAA Division II Midwest Region Championship. Richardson, who was a team captain for the Bulldogs in 1971, was named an All-American following that season.

Currently, Richardson is the president of Blazer Building based out of Houston, Texas.

The new facility which will stretch from the 10-yard line to the 10-yard line will be completed in time for the home opener in 2017, a season in which Louisiana Tech hosts seven home games including SEC foe Mississippi State (Sept. 9) and in-state foe Northwestern State (Sept. 2).

The two-level facility will include luxury suites, press box and all of the booths needed for national television broadcasts, radio broadcasts, and the various game-day components (coaches booths, AD suites, security, scoreboard, public address, instant replay, media rights holder suite, and more). The new facility will be approximately 30,000 square feet, more than four times the square footage of the existing press box and sky boxes.

The first floor of the facility will house 13 luxury suites plus the Presidential Suite. Each one of the luxury suites will hold 20 supporters and will include 12 outdoor seats, indoor lounge furniture, a kitchenette area and a big screen TV. Patrons will gain access to these luxury suites through a club area which will be used for catering food and beverage.

The second level of the new construction will include a two-level media work area, two times the square footage of the existing press box (seats 60). The second floor will also include home and visiting AD suites along with a suite for the University's media rights partner (Learfield), and booths for home and visiting coaches, home and visiting radio, national TV, game day security operations, instant replay, public address and scoreboard operations, as well as a flex booth that can be utilized for scouts or a third radio broadcast.

For more information on naming rights and how to support the Press Box project, please contact Marco Born at mborn@latech.edu or 318-257-2933.

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