PUEBLO – Colorado State University-Pueblo broke ground on an enhanced soccer/lacrosse facility in advance of the addition of lacrosse to the institution’s intercollegiate athletics offerings this fall. The ceremony concluded with the announcement of the naming of the facility for longtime University supporters Art and Lorraine Gonzales.
CSU-Pueblo Foundation President/CEO Todd Kelly, along with CSU System Chancellor Michael Martin, CSU-Pueblo Provost Carl Wright, and Athletics Director Joe Folda shared with the crowd the impact that the new facility and the addition of men’s and women’s lacrosse (along with women’s swimming and diving and men’s cross country and track and field) will have on the success of not just the athletics program but the University overall.
Kelly explained that as a result of the addition of men’s and women’s lacrosse, the existing soccer complex will host lacrosse competition as well and will be re-fitted with a new synthetic turf field and enhanced with a 450-seat grandstand that will include public restrooms, a concession area, press box, lobby, and locker rooms at a cost of about $3 million. Kelly also thanked the major contractors and the donors who made the expansion of the facility possible through their pledges and in-kind gifts (see listing at end of release). No state funding was used in the enhancement of this facility.
Just prior to the official breaking of ground, CSU -Pueblo Foundation Chair Dan DeRose announced that the facility would bear the name of longtime University supporters Art and Lorraine Gonzales.
“There may not be a project or cause in Pueblo that has not been positively affected by the generosity of Art and Lorraine Gonzales, including the Pueblo Symphony, Pueblo Municipal Band, Pueblo Community College, Broadway Theatre League, Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, Pueblo YMCA, and the Medal of Honor Society,” DeRose said. “But the same could be said for projects on the campus of Colorado State University-Pueblo.”
Art was born in Pueblo and graduated from Central High and then attended Midwest Business College. Following four years in the Navy, Art returned to work at the Pueblo Flour Mill until it closed in 1956. After working for plumbing and sheet metal companies, Art partnered with Puebloan Sam Brown in 1966 to open Mountain States Sheet Metal Company. Art retired in 1980, selling his company interest to Brown. Lorraine met Art and married him in 1985. She is a native of Kit Carson and earned a two-year secretarial degree from Colorado Women’s College in Denver.
The Gonzales’ contributions of time and financial resources to the University over the past several decades have been wide spread and far reaching from athletics and the Veronica String Quartet to scholarships and educational programming. The couple has inspired student-athletes with their loyalty and enthusiasm and endeared themselves to faculty and staff alike through their generosity and gentle demeanor. Their actions also reflect a desire to better the lives of children in the community and region as evidenced by their gifts to the YMCA’s new campus project and free youth baseball clinics in association with the University’s successful Pack the Park events. For their involvement and commitment to the University, the couple earned the President’s Medallion for Distinguished Service to the University in 2006.
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