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Construction Begins at New UND Athletic Complex

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A groundbreaking ceremony took place Thursday at the University of North Dakota to begin Phase I of a $13 million UND Athletics High Performance Center.

The facility, which will be located between Memorial Stadium to the west and the UND Energy & Environmental Research Center to the east, will serve as the indoor training center for all UND Athletics programs as well as a competition facility for track and field events.

"This is an exciting time for UND Athletics. We have finished UND's transition to NCAA Division I in all sports. The UND Athletics High Performance Center will be an important asset for recruiting and retaining student athletes and for continuing UND's tradition of building nationally competitive teams," said UND President Robert Kelley.

The UND Athletics High Performance Center includes a 100-yard artificial turf field, a 300-meter, eight-lane track, spectator seating, a state-of-the-art academic center, a sports medicine and strengthening and conditioning facility.

The UND Alumni Association and Foundation has headed up fundraising for the project, securing major gifts in the process. The leadership gift for the project comes from Altru Health System, which provided $9 million. Major funding also comes from SCHEELS, which is contributing $1 million for the project.

The project is planned to be completed in two phases as described below.

Phase 1:

  • 196,500 total square feet featuring a 100-yard football field and a 300-meter NCAA regulation track with eight 42" lanes
  • Spectator seating for approximately 1,500
  • Separate 20-yard artificial turf lineman workout area
  • Separate field events area
  • 60 foot clear height for kicking and punting
  • Videotaping tower locations for performance recording
  • Warm up/Walking Track
  • Observation Area

Phase 2:

  • Sports Medicine & Athletic Training Center
  • Academic Center
  • Class & Meeting Rooms
  • Locker rooms and coaches offices
  • Weight Room
  • Cardio Training
  • Hall of Fame Lobby
  • Concessions
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