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Published January 05, 2012, 06:06 PM

Tight Timeline For New Alerus Turf With $4M Cost

The Alerus Center Commission is moving quickly to get new turf in place by the next football season. Construction needs to begin this spring, but the project hasn't been officially put out for bids.

The Alerus Center Commission is moving quickly to get new turf in place by the next football season. Construction needs to begin this spring, but the project hasn't been officially put out for bids.

Bid opening will be January 17th. There needs to be a quick review of the bids and recommendations will be made at the Alerus Center Commission meeting the next day.

"On the 18th we'd need an action to amend the budget, if we want to pursue the project, amend the capital budget, award subject to council approval," Alerus Center Director of Operations Jeremy Linstad said.

With a tight timeline, new turf will depend on council approval early next month. The project is expected to cost $3.5 to $4 million. The city council will decide if the Alerus Center can amend its budget.

"I know council, as part of their thing with the turf, is they want what UND's participation was," Linstad said.

But the University of North Dakota hasn't made a solid commitment yet. The school has promised to put some money into the project. Their agreement with the Alerus Center may also need to be altered in the deal.

"They're willing to look at their football agreement to be the life of the new turf so that they're sure from the Alerus Center that it lasts as long as the turf life is," Alerus Center Commission member Dwight Thompson said.

Another payment option is naming rights, similar to Gate City Bank's $1 million deal with the Fargodome.

"They're concerned that naming the field would confuse the public as to actually the name of the building. I don't think they object to us putting somebody else's name on the field," Alerus Center Commission member Duane Hafner said.

If the council doesn't approve the project at its meeting in early February the project will have to wait another year.

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