University of Jamestown to Build $16 Million Sports Arena

The University of Jamestown has announced the building of a new $16 million sports arena courtesy of the largest one-time donation from the late Harold Newman.

Staff announced the donation, and what the funds would be used for, on Monday. A portion will be used to help fund nursing scholarships and the rest will be used to fund the building of the new athletic arena.

The cost of construction will be roughly $16 million. The facility will be located on the east side of the Larson Center where the current football practice fields are located. The arena will seat approximately 2,200 people and will have locker rooms, a booster room and a basketball court.

President Bob Badal said a lot of growth has come to the University since he first arrived in 2002. Executive Vice President Polly Peterson stated that the gift would provide the first of many opportunities for the student athletes at the University of Jamestown.

“The projects to upgrade and add to the existing athletic and recreation facilities will have an immediate, positive impact on hundreds of current students, and thousands of future students,” said Athletic Director Lawrie Paulson.

“A very large percentage of our students participate in athletic and intramural activities, and providing them with outstanding facilities is a major factor in enhancing the student experience. This generous gift from the Newman family is a critical step in creating the impetus to make this happen,” Paulson explained.

No estimated start for construction was announced.

In a letter received by the University on December 4th, 2009, Harold wrote to President Badal.

“Jamestown College is a shining example of Jamestown’s best. Your campus is beautiful, your staff dedicated, and your students fine examples of what today’s youth have to offer. As a resident of Jamestown, I am proud of the work you do educating young people in preparation for lives spent in service to family and community.”