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Gov. Daugaard signs SDSU stadium bill

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Concept drawing of the new football stadium at South Dakota State University.  (SDSU.edu)
Concept drawing of the new football stadium at South Dakota State University. (SDSU.edu)

Brookings, SD (KELO AM and KWSN) - A ceremonial signing was held today for SB 15 which approves upgrades to SDSU’s football stadium. The signing took place at the site of SDSU’s current stadium, which will see nearly $65 million in upgrades and improvements over the next two years. Dauggard said that while it’s mostly the Jackrabbit football squad that stands to benefit from the upgrades, the bill also enhances the college experience for all students that want to take in a game and experience Division 1 football while at SDSU. University President David Chicoine added the upgrades further establish SDSU as an asset to the state and region.

Upon completion, the upgrades will expand Coughlin-Alumi Stadium to hold around 19,000 fans and according to head football coach John Stiegelmeier, will put the university’s facilities on the same level as many of their Division 1 – FCS rivals. Dana Dykhouse, a former Jackrabbit football player who has spearheaded funding for the project, used the signing to call out SDSU’s Missouri Valley Football Conference rivals from North Dakota State, saying upon completion the stadium will have “one more seat” than the Fargodome, the Bison’s home stadium.

Construction on the project is set to begin this fall with a targeted completion date of summer 2016, just in time for the football season.

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