HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) – On Saturday, MSU-Northern officially launched their public campaign for funding for a new football stadium.
For the past nine months, MSU-Northern managed to accrue nearly $2.2 million in donations from people and businesses from across the Hi-Line. Now, they are asking the public to chip in the final $800,000 needed to complete phase one of the stadium.
MSU-Northern Chancellor Greg Kegel says once the funding goal is met, he hopes that phase one, which would include construction of a scoreboard, press box, some bleachers and the field itself, can be completed in time for the next football season.
“That is absolutely the plan,” Kegel says. “We’re hoping that once we start this, we can finish it in 3-4 months. That would be game ready by next fall for the first football game (of 2020).”
Kegel adds that the venue will be multi-purpose, with the ability to host a variety of events.
“There’s just going to be a lot of things that we’ll be able to use it for,” Kegel says. “Concerts and receptions and everything we do with intramural sports. It’ll just be a great place to do those types of things.”
The second phase of stadium construction would include a bookstore, kitchen, classroom and common area, among other things. This phase is expected to cost around $10 million, with Northern planning to ask the state legislature for appropriations next year, since it will include classroom and educational components.