Former U of I basketball player donates $2 million to State Farm Center

CHAMPAIGN - University of Illinois officials say they've received a $2 million donation to help aid in the renovation of State Farm Center.

Officials say the donation came from former Illinois basketball player David Downey, and Downey's family and friends.  Downey says the donation is a "thank you" to the university.

Downey attended the university in the 1960's, and played on the school's basketball team from 1961-1963.  During his time on the team, Downey set a university record for most points scored in a single game, with 53 scored during a game against Indiana in 1963.  He graduated with a law degree, and later served as a university trustee.

On Thursday, University of Illinois officials announced when the $169.2 renovation project at the arena is complete, the Courtside Club will be renamed Club 53 in recognition of Downey's record.  Season-ticket holders will have seats in that part of the State Farm Center.
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