MSU reached the fundraising goal for a new addition to the football stadium. The Bobcat Athletics Complex (BAC) will be constructed on the north end of Bobcat Stadium and will be the new home for the MSU football program. The 40,000-square-foot space will house locker rooms, training spaces, meeting rooms, rehabilitation and medical spaces and offices for coaches. Currently, the coach’s offices are located in the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse. Following the construction of new office spaces in the BAC, the project will transform the current office spaces into a 3,400-square-foot space for tutoring, academic advising and studying open to all student athletes.
Construction of the new addition will begin following the 2019 football season and finish prior to the fall of 2021. The athletic fundraising campaign has been the largest in the university’s history with a total of $18 million, all from private donors. The money was garnered from donations and gifts from over 500 alumni and community members. Of the $18 million, however, $3 million was given directly from MSU and will be reimbursed with revenue from athletic events. No taxpayer money was used to fund the project.
Following the new football stadium expansion, MSU has plans to further enhance additional athletic facilities. These plans include renovations at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse and stadium as well as new facilities for track, tennis, and golf. Improvements to the facilities will meet the needs of student athletes and provide a space for students, staff, faculty and the community to honor MSU athletics.
This project is one of the many expansion and improvements happening across campus. In the past few years, MSU has constructed new buildings including Norm Asbjornson Hall, Rendezvous Dining Pavilion and the parking garage. Current projects at MSU include Hyalite Residence Hall, the American Indian Hall, reconstruction of the Marga Hosaeus Fitness Center and renovation of Romney Hall. All the ongoing expansions as MSU continues to make its mark.