NSU receives approval to explore designs for new football practice field

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University has taken the first step toward designing a new practice field for the Wolves football team – a move that also advances plans for NSU’s Regional Science Education Center and overall campus master plan.

On Wednesday, the South Dakota Board of Regents approved Northern’s request to construct the practice field east of Jerde Hall, on the area currently used for NSU Wolves Women’s Soccer program practices.

“We're excited to take this first step to evaluate this area and design fields that will significantly enhance the student-athlete experience,” said Josh Moon, NSU director of athletics.

The Wolves Women’s Soccer team would then practice on the adjacent field – the same one it currently uses for competitions. The fields would also serve as a home for NSU intramurals and club sports.

“Our students wanted a space for intramurals and club sports, plus, with football and soccer, we view this as a multi-sport use facility,” explained Dr. Tim Downs, president of NSU.

Though Wednesday’s approval cited a $550,000 cost, that amount is a placeholder – the actual price of constructing a practice field will likely differ. The final cost would be paid through off-campus tuition and previously collected university support fees.

“This initial $550,000 is to analyze the area and explore options,” Downs said. “The total figure may be more, based on opportunities that are discovered in this design stage.”

The renovated athletics field should be completed by Aug. 1, 2018.

The area of the current football practice field, located along State Street on the east side of campus, will become the new home of the NSU Regional Science Education Center. Work is expected to begin on the science center in spring 2018, with completion set for fall 2019.

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