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Published August 29, 2012, 02:44 PM

New UND Athletics Complex May Soon Be a Reality

A new University of North Dakota Athletics Complex is a step closer to becoming a reality in Grand Forks. Altru Health System has pledged ten million dollars in support of a sports medicine partnership with the University.

A new University of North Dakota Athletics Complex is a step closer to becoming a reality in Grand Forks. Altru Health System has pledged ten million dollars in support of a sports medicine partnership with the University.

Nine million will be used towards the new complex with the remaining one million directed towards the replacement of football turf at The Alerus Center. The indoor training facility will provide space for academic and clinical studies as well as indoor practice and competition. The new complex will take the place of the old Ralph Engelstad Arena and costs nearly $19.5 million.

So far they have raised about $11 million for the building which will include a 300 meter track with eight lanes for track and field and a full 100 yard football field .

Dave Molmen, Altru Heath System CEO: “This partnership is helping the University of North Dakota and Altru really build a world class sports medicine and sports training capability.

Brian Faison, UND Athletics Director: “It's a wow factor, but more important it's the training facility that they need and it provides the sports medicine component particularly with Altru to be in the right situation to really be of service to our athletes and the students and community.”

Faison says they need to raise about another two million dollars to start phase one of the project.

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