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Forum staff reports, Published October 10 2013

Ingstads give $1.2M to NDSU

FARGO – Officials at North Dakota State announced Thursday that Jim and Victoria Ingstad have committed $1.2 million to the renovation project targeted for the Bison Sports Arena.

The gift will be recognized by naming the club room and media workroom in the new Scheels Center basketball arena, a part of the proposed Sanford Health Athletic Complex.

Jim Ingstad is the current owner of Radio FM Media, which includes Bob 95 FM, Big 98.7, 107.9 The Fox, Q105.1 Rocks, True Oldies 1660 and 1450 KBMW AM.

Ingstad is a partner in Gateway Chevrolet, which supports the Bison by providing courtesy cars to coaches. Ingstad also supports Bison athletics through the scholarship endowment program and previously owned Radio Fargo-Moorhead (now Midwest Communications), which is the radio home of NDSU athletics.

“Vicki and I are excited and honored to be part of the new Sanford Health Athletic Complex,” Ingstad said. “Watching the commitment Gene (athletic director Gene Taylor) and his team have had guiding North Dakota State into Division I athletics has been amazing and has inspired us to become a part of their success.”

NDSU officials are currently reviewing bids for the proposed renovation. The North Dakota legislature approved the project for $35.4 million.

Before the Ingstad gift, Taylor said NDSU needed about $3 million to raise. Sanford Health gave a $10 million gift in 2010 and the Scheels family gave $5 million later that year.

Scheels Center will seat more than 5,700 fans for basketball, and a two-court basketball training facility will be added to the southwest corner of the existing structure. The west-side addition will house human performance facilities, including strength and conditioning, sports medicine and rehabilitation areas. The renovated BSA also will have an academic center for student-athletes.

The newly built Shelly Ellig Indoor Track and Field Facility opened for training and competition in December 2012.

“Jim and Vicki have been longtime supporters to Bison athletics in many ways, and this shows their continued support,” Taylor said. “I value my close and personal friendship with Jim and Vicki, so getting a gift of this size from your friends is very special. This project is extremely important to our program.”