Curtis Granderson will pay $5 million of the $7 million it will cost to build a new baseball stadium at his former college alma mater. Granderson had his jersey retired at the University of Illinois at Chicago in February and pledged to help fund a new stadium for the school.
Granderson is making $15 million this year in the final year of a $32 million contract he signed in 2008. He will hit the free agent market at the seasons end. Currently on the disabled list for a broken knuckle in his pinkie, Granderson has topped 40 home runs and 100 RBI in each of the last two seasons.
The stadium will open in 2015 seat 1,200 and be called Curtis Granderson Stadium.