Iowa State University today announced a gift of $25 million from the founders of Reiman Publications to jumpstart plans to enclose the south end zone of the university's football stadium and create an "inspiring campus entrance" for people entering the campus from the south. 


Roy and Bobbi Reiman pledged the gift, which will be used to develop an entrance to Reiman Gardens, a 17-acre botanical garden south of Jack Trice Stadium, in addition to enclosing the stadium's end zone.


Iowa State Athletics Director Jamie Pollard told the Business Record in a May story that enclosing the end zone could cost as much as $50 million, and would require a fundraising effort of $10 million to $20 million - a "transformational gift."


Fans have packed the stadium the last three years, as Iowa State has had a paid attendance of more than 50,000 for every game since the 2011 season started.


The university still needs approval from the Iowa Board of Regents to move forward with the project, Pollard said in a press release. He would like to have the stadium renovation completed by the start of the 2015 football season.


Pollard said at a news conference today that plans for the stadium expansion are still under development, KCCI reported