Duffeys donate $1.5M to Breslin Center renovation

Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News
Mark Hollis

East Lansing – The two-year renovation project at the Breslin Center is underway, and on Friday, Michigan State announced it received a sizeable donation that will go toward the project.

John and Becky Duffey have donated $1.5 million that will help construct a basketball hall of history and other improvements at the arena.

“This campaign will help transform MSU Athletics and John and Becky are again leading the way, showing how private support can help our coaches attract the best and brightest student-athletes,” athletics director Mark Hollis said. “Fundraising momentum for the Breslin Center renovation continues to build and when it’s completed will be one of the finest facilities in the country.”

In October, the Michigan State Board of Trustees approved a $50 million renovation project that would be completed by June 2018.

John Duffey, the CEO of Six Flags, also donated $1 million to the business school and previously donated $1.5 million to upgrade Michigan State’s football practice fields.

His donation to the Breslin Center project is the latest large donation to come from prestigious alumni. Former Spartan and current NBA All-Star

Draymond Green donated $3.1 million in September, and in 2014, Bob Skandalaris donated $10 million to MSU athletics with $4 million set to go toward the Breslin Center project.