UPLAND, Ind. – Taylor University officials have announced that the new football and soccer stadium that was built and opened in 2012 will be named Turner Stadium, in honor of the family of 1974 Taylor alumnus and longtime supporter, Eric Turner and his wife Cyndy. The naming decision recognizes a gift from them to complete the stadium including a new press box and hospitality areas, commons area within the stadium, and brick pillars that define the stadium's north end.
An additional gift from the Turner Foundation also allowed the University to improve the adjacent outdoor space to Turner Stadium, Odle Arena, and Winterholter Field. This area, a busy crossroads on the campus, will be called Turner Plaza to honor Paul and Betty Turner. Paul is a WWII veteran and successful Gas City businessman. Paul and Betty are longtime friends of Taylor University.
Turner Stadium dedication ceremonies are scheduled prior to Taylor's football home opener, a September 5 game with Anderson University. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
Eric Turner was a four-year letter winner on Taylor's football team and a two-time All Conference and NAIA All-District player. A successful businessman, he served for 25 years as a member of the Indiana House of Representatives. In 2007, Turner was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus by the Taylor University Alumni Council. Turner also served on Taylor's Athletic Hall of Fame Board. Each of Eric and Cyndy Turner's four children, Zeke '00, Jessaca '02, Kylee '04, and Courtney '11, graduated from Taylor and were involved in the intercollegiate athletics program.
"Eric and Cyndy Turner, as well as the entire Turner family, have been long-time and tireless supporters of Taylor University and higher education in the State of Indiana," said Dr. Eugene B. Habecker, Taylor's president. "It is fitting to honor the Turner family for years of service and support of Taylor University's students and mission."