In Norse mythology, Valhalla refers to the Great Hall of Viking warriors, a fitting home for Berry’s Vikings and Lady Vikings. For students and alumni who have spent many a day eating lunch in what is today Krannert Center’s food court, the name represents a gathering place in the heart of Berry’s campus. Steve Cage (74C) – the alumnus trustee whose $2.5 million gift kicked off fundraising for the new stadium – found inspiration in both.
“I wanted to do something a little different with the name,” he explained. “I wanted to try to blend students, faculty, staff and alumni together by picking a name everyone could relate to. I thought ‘Valhalla’ would be a great single name that all at Berry would understand as a gathering place because that is what the stadium will be a – a place to come together and cheer on our student-athletes.”
This is not the first time Cage has invested in the lives of Berry students. In 2005, the Indianapolis entrepreneur made a commitment of $10 million – the largest alumni gift in Berry history – to help initiate fundraising for the state-of-the-art athletic and recreation center that now bears his name. His gift also provided support for four full-tuition scholarships in the Campbell School of Business.