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FOOTBALL: Turf is on its way at BSU's Chet Anderson Stadium

BEMIDJI - Thursday’s Green and White Spring Game was the final football game that will be played on real grass at Bemidji State University's Chet Anderson Stadium.

Bemidji State officials have approved the installation of turf to the field and that renovation project is scheduled to begin in early to mid-June.

The goal will be to have the turf installed in time for the stadium to host Bemidji High School’s home opener in late August.

The project, which includes site preparation, design, soil testing, the turf and other soft expenses, is expected to cost $1.2 million. According to Bemidji State vice president for finance and administration Bill Maki, the project’s funding is expected to all be from external and private sources.

“A significant amount of funds have been raised to date and are currently being solicited,” Maki said.

Because of the new turf the stadium will be suitable for activities other than Bemidji High School and BSU football.

Maki said Minnesota State High School League officials are interested in the Chet Anderson Stadium as a venue for high school tournament games.

It will also be more attractive, and available, to community organizations and teams.

“We can use the facility for many events because we don’t have to worry about destroying (the grass),” Maki said.

The new turf represents the first phase of a complete renovation project at Chet Anderson Stadium. The press box and bleacher sections also will be renovated when appropriate financing is secured.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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