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Cal Lutheran gets $5 million for stadium from Ventura County developer

February 22, 2010 |  3:42 pm

California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks will be getting a new 3,000-seat football stadium, thanks to a $5-million donation from Ventura County real estate developer William Rolland. The gift, announced Monday, is the largest single donation to the school.

Construction of the $8-million stadium is expected to begin this summer and be finished for the 2011 football season, a university spokeswoman said. If other donations for the remaining $3 million are not raised by summer, the university will borrow the money to ensure that building starts on time, she said.

The stadium will be named after Rolland, who is not a Cal Lutheran alumnus. A former Los Angeles city firefighter who won acclaim for a mudslide rescue in 1969, he is known for philanthropy that aids families of firefighters injured or killed in the line of duty.

-- Larry Gordon