- Associated Press - Friday, October 31, 2014

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - The University of Montana has announced a $7 million donation toward a planned $14 million project to build new football locker rooms and a weight training facility against the southwest side of Washington-Grizzly Stadium.

The school announced Friday the donation comes from Kyle and Kevin Washington on behalf of the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, started by their parents. The new facility will be called the Washington-Grizzly Champions Center.

The school said it was the largest-ever donation to its athletics department. The school plans to match it with another $7 million from private sources. The project would have to be approved by the state Board of Regents.

The 46,000-square-foot facility would include a 7,000-square foot football locker room and a 17,000-square-foot weight room on two levels, open to all of the university’s 15 athletic teams.

Dennis Washington donated $1 million toward the construction of Washington-Grizzly Stadium, which opened in 1986.

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