When a family donates the money to build a major facility, they often reserve the right to name that structure or provide other restrictions. Sometimes these requests are minor – an equal number of bathrooms, for instance – while other times they’re significantly more esoteric and unique (the University of North Dakota’s Ralph Englestad Arena chief among those endowed facilities).
Now, a high school is celebrating the surprise funding of a major new sports facility and readily embracing a truly unique restriction that comes with the donation funding the stadium: It will have to build a pink visitor’s locker room.
As first reported by the Des Moines Register, Bondurant-Farrar (Iowa) High is scheduled to be the recipient of a generous $3 million donation earmarked for the construction of a brand, spanking new football stadium. The money for the stadium is being donated by the Lohse family, among the recent Powerball lottery winners. The Lohse family's oldest son is a sophomore on the Bondurant-Farrar football team, and his parents wanted to do something to help the program.
As it turns out, the Lohses are also diehard University of Iowa football fans. As a result, they insisted on one rather peculiar restriction for the Blue Jays’ new stadium, forcing the construction plans to include a pink visitors locker room. It'll look just like the one at Iowa’s famed Kinnick Stadium, which is painted Pepto Bismol pink.
“I was sort of half joking and half not I suppose, but they said they’d do it,” Mary Lohse told the Register. “It’s supposed to put them in a certain soft frame of mind … it will certainly give all the players something to talk about.”
Naturally, that “frame of mind” is a passive one, with the pink locker room meant to weaken a visiting team’s morale and resolve. It remains to be seen if that will come from the pink locker room at Bondurant-Farrar, but the school was more than happy to incorporate one as a prerequisite to earn such a significant donation.