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Meetings set for SDSU stadium proposal

BROOKINGS — South Dakota State University Director of Athletics Justin Sell will host a pair of town hall meetings next week to provide updates on a proposed on-campus football stadium.

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The first town hall meeting is scheduled for noon Monday, Jan. 13, on campus at the Volstorff Ballroom in the University Student Union. A second town hall meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at the McCrory Gardens Education and Visitor Center in Brookings.

Both meetings are open to the campus community and general public.

The proposed stadium, which would be constructed on the current Coughlin-Alumni Stadium site, would seat between 18,500 and 20,000 spectators and cost an estimated $60-65 million. The intention is to secure bonds to finance up to two-thirds of the project’s construction, with the remaining third coming from private support. Lead gifts totaling $12.5 million from Sioux Falls banker Dana Dykhouse and philanthropist T. Denny Sanford were announced in October.

A facility program plan was endorsed by the South Dakota Board of Regents in late November, and will be up for approval in the South Dakota Legislature during the upcoming session. If approved, construction on the east and south sides of the stadium would take place in 2015, with completion of the project scheduled for the summer of 2016.

Source: South Dakota State University