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Laycock and Zable to form impressive combo

by Jim Ducibella | August 27, 2014

William & Mary football coach Jimmye Laycock doesn’t mince any words with potential student-athletes when they come to campus.

“’What you see is what you get,’” Laycock said he tells them.

What they’ll see starting in 2016 is a rejuvenated Walter J. Zable Stadium that will enhance their experience as student-athletes and the gameday experience of Tribe alumni and supporters.

The renovation project, which is expected to cost $27 million when completed, benefited from an initial $10 million gift in 2012 from the estate of the late Walter J. Zable ’37, LL.D. ’78.

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William & Mary receives $23.9 million from Walter J. Zable estate

by Brian Whitson | April 12, 2013

The estate of the late Walter J. Zable ’37, LL.D. ’78 has provided a $23.9 million gift to William & Mary, $20 million of which will be split between scholarships for student athletes and renovations to the stadium that carries his name. The gift ranks among the largest single gifts in W&M’s 320-year history.

Zable, who died in June 2012 at the age of 97, instructed in his will that William & Mary receive $10 million toward scholarships for student athletes. Another $10 million will go toward future renovations of Zable Stadium, which was built in 1935 and is in dire need of repair. The remaining $3.9 million was undesignated and W&M is currently exploring the best use for the funds.

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