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Jeff Kolpack, Published July 23 2012

NDSU sets fundraising deadline if BSA renovation to start this fall

FARGO – North Dakota State has set an Aug. 15 fundraising deadline if the construction process is going to commence on the Bison Sports Arena renovation this fall.

The athletic department remains around $2 million short of its $32 million goal needed to begin the remodel.

Athletic director Gene Taylor said that self-imposed deadline is necessary so the university can approach the state Board of Higher Education and the North Dakota legislature for approvals. The final month both governing bodies will look at them this year is in September, “so we need to have everything in place before that,” Taylor said.

The first phase, the $5 million Shelly Ellig Indoor Track and Field facility, is expected to be completed this fall.

If NDSU doesn’t reach the remaining $2 million needed, construction may have to be put off until next spring, Taylor said.