AU-watson

7/27/99

Mike Delaune

AU INDOOR PRACTICE FACILITY TO BE NAMED AFTER AUBURN ALUMNI

AUBURN -- Auburn University will officially dedicate the John H. Watson indoor football practice facility at a ceremony set for Sept. 4 at 10 a.m.

Watson, a Dothan native and a 1960 AU graduate, has actively supported Auburn athletics since his graduation. He has served on the Athletic Advisory Committee and donated funds to help further Auburn athletics.

"This Board wishes to express its heartfelt gratitude to Mr. Watson and recognize his lasting imprint on Auburn athletics by naming the indoor practice facility in his honor," said the Auburn Board of Trustees in the resolution to name the facility.

The construction of the facility was made possible by a gift from Watson to the Auburn University Foundation.

Watson graduated from Auburn with a degree in mechanical engineering. From there he diversified into real estate and investing.

In 1996, Watson sold Aladan Corporation, which he bought for $1.8 million, for $60 million to $80 million. Today, Watson has more than 100 business partners.

The state-of-the-art indoor practice facility will replace the facility destroyed in 1993 by a snow storm.

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