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Jeff Kolpack, Published December 17 2010

Scheels announces $5 million gift to Bison Sports Arena renovation

North Dakota State got 5 million steps closer to the renovation of its Bison Sports Arena on Friday morning.

Scheels CEO Steve Scheel announced a $5 million donation to the $32 million fund drive that will go on top of the $10 million donated by Sanford Health in September. The stadium portion will be called Scheels Center while the entire project, which includes a separate indoor track and field facility, will be called the Sanford Health Athletic Complex.

NDSU athletic director Gene Taylor said no construction date has been set. But he said the project is on an aggressive schedule.

“I guess it would be appropriate to say Merry Christmas NDSU,” said Scheel. “We’re pleased to allow NDSU to take a major step to a wonderful venue.”