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Glad You Asked: What happens to Coughlin name on SDSU stadium?

Q. I saw South Dakota State University's new football stadium will be built on the site of its current stadium, Coughlin-Alumni Stadium, and will be renamed after former SDSU football player and project donor Dana Dykhouse. What will happen to the legacy of Charles Coughlin, who helped finance the original stadium during the 1960s?

A. Jason Hove, the school's assistant athletic director for sports information, said plans are in place to build a plaza outside the new Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium, which will honor both Charles Coughlin and Coughlin-Alumni Stadium.

Coughlin, the former president of the Briggs and Stratton company from 1935 to 1972, donated $50,000 to the stadium project to replace the school's aging State Field. When financial issues were plaguing planning and construction in the late 1950s, Coughlin footed the bill for the stadium's locker rooms and offices. The rest of the funds came through a "Stadium for State" drive, in which alumni raised the remainder of the $300,000 cost. Coughlin-Alumni Stadium opened for play in 1962 and enters its 53rd year this fall.

Regardless of the stadium project, Coughlin will still be linked to the most recognizable structure on the Brookings campus. He donated the $75,000 needed to build the 165-foot-tall Coughlin Campanile in 1929.

The new football stadium will cost $65 million and is expected to be finished in 2016.

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