Murchie Family Makes $1 Million Gift to UB Athletics
BUFFALO, NY – The University at Buffalo Division of Athletics announced today that former UB hockey player Tunney Murchie and his family have committed a $1 million gift to be used toward capital projects in UB Stadium and Alumni Arena. This is one of the largest single commitments in UB Division of Athletics history. In recognition of the gift, UB Athletics will recommend to the UB Council that the football center at UB Stadium be named "The Murchie Family Football Center."
Murchie is owner and president of Lackawanna Products Corporation in Clarence, NY. He is a 1975 graduate of Buffalo with a degree in management and also earned his MBA from UB in 1976. He played hockey for the Bulls from 1971-73 and was an assistant coach with the program in 1974. His wife, Deanna, is a 1974 graduate of Buffalo with a degree in public health.
"The entire Murchie family felt this was the right moment to make a significant gift to UB. I have worked closely with the Athletics Development staff for many years and it became evident to us the impact this gift would have on the University," Murchie said. "My family and I are excited to be part of the on-going efforts to improve the facilities at UB for all sports programs."
Under the leadership of Interim Athletic Director John Lambert, the Division of Athletics has determined the multiple projects that will be impacted by this gift. Initially, a new entrance to the UB football office center along with visual identity upgrades will be completed. Construction on several other multi-purpose spaces will begin later this year.
"The Murchie family continues to be tremendous supporters of our athletics program here at UB," Lambert said. "I've enjoyed getting to know Tunney and his family personally over the past 12 years and I'm excited to work with him in determining the projects this gift can have the greatest impact on."
Murchie has been a suite holder at UB Stadium since 1999 and made a tribute gift in 2009 to name the newly renovated basketball and volleyball practice facility after his long-time hockey coach Edward Wright.