Office of Marketing & Communications
Office: (417) 873-7228
Fax: (417) 873-7435

O’Reilly Family Event Center topped off with a major gift

For Immediate Release: September 26

Mark Miller
Director of Media Relations, University Communications
Office: (417) 873-7390
Mobile: (417) 839-2886

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 26, 2009 — The O’Reilly Family Event Center was topped off today when the final roof beam for the $13.5 million arena was put into place. Many Drury students, staff, faculty, alumni and donors had signed the roof beam before a crane hoisted it skyward.

After the beam was placed, Drury President Todd Parnell announced that Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr. Pepper Bottling Company donated $300 thousand to the arena and will be the exclusive beverage provider for the O’Reilly Family Event Center.

Complete photo gallery: Final roof beam installation

“Drury is proud of its long relationship with Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr. Pepper Bottling Company and that it recognizes the excellence of the O’Reilly Family Event Center. We’re pleased to partner with them to provide quality products in our new LEED Gold facility,” Parnell said. “The event center is on time and on budget and construction is scheduled to be done a year from now.”

Ground broke on the O’Reilly Family Event Center on May 16, 2009. In Dec. of 2007, the O’Reilly family of Springfield donated $6 million to jump start fundraising for the arena. The event center is being built to Gold LEED specifications thanks to a $600 thousand gift from the Pitt family of Springfield.


Drury is an independent University, church related, grounded in the liberal arts tradition and committed to personalized education in a community of scholars who value the arts of teaching and learning. Education at Drury seeks to cultivate spiritual sensibilities and imaginative faculties as well as ethical insight and critical thought; to foster the integration of theoretical and practical knowledge; and to liberate persons to participate responsibly in and contribute to a global community. For more information, visit

University Communications staff are available to news media 24 hours a day at (417) 839-2886. Visit the Office of University Communications online at Resources include a searchable Expert Guide, staff contacts and downloadable print-quality images and logos.