Sunland Park Owner’s Donation Of $3 Million Enables NMSU Athletics To Build Academic Support And Sports Medicine Complex
A series of gifts totaling $3 million given by Mr. Stan Fulton, owner of Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino in Sunland Park, N.M., will enable New Mexico State University’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics to build a facility at Aggie Memorial Stadium that will house academic supports services, the athletic training educational program, academic joint usage space and areas to create additional revenue streams in the facility through special events, skyboxes and a University Club.
“We are honored and excited to have benefited from Mr. Fulton’s commitment to education and to the community,” said NMSU Athletics Director Brian Faison. “The benefits of Mr. Fulton’s generosity will be far reaching; these gifts are a real investment in the future for countless young men and women at New Mexico State.”
As a young man, Fulton tried his hand at a variety of careers trying to find his niche. Fulton first followed his father into the cable TV business, then he built a 135 unit apartment complex in Las Vegas. In 1976, he founded the Fortune Coin, the first of several of companies manufacturing gaming equipment that he owned. His most successful was Anchor Gaming, developer of the Wheel of Fortune slot machine. Business Week ranked it 27th on the list of 100 growing small businesses in the United States in 1999. The same year, Anchor Gaming merged with Powerhouse Technologies, and that year Mr. Fulton retired from the new company.
Fulton’s retirement packages include ownership of Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino in Sunland Park, N.M. Fulton said he has two remaining life goals: “to make Sunland Park a world class operation and to give away a lot of money.”
Fulton has always considered education a No. 1 priority, both for himself and as a focus for his philanthropic efforts. In addition to NMSU, he has made gifts to UNLV and to Hope International, a small Christian college in Southern California. His gift of $3 million represents the largest single contribution to NMSU Athletics to date.
Inside the Annex
• The three-floor 33,467 square foot facility cost $6 million. The complex opened in July of 2004.
• The 12,274 square foot first floor will be a joint use space providing academic support with classrooms, computer labs, study rooms and office space along with some athletic department offices and office space for the football staff.
• The 11,873 square foot second floor will be a joint use space providing the athletic training education program and the athletic department’s athletics training and sports medicine staff with a state-of-the-art complex including classrooms, treatment areas, exercise therapy areas, hydrotherapy, taping and exam rooms.
• The 9,320 square foot third floor will consist of an open rooftop terrace and banquet area available for meetings and other special occasions. There will be four skyboxes overlooking the playing field at Aggie Memorial Stadium and Villanueva Victory Club will be located on this level.