Aberdeen, S.D. - Northern State University and The South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired announced a $45 million education impact campaign Saturday. Those with the campaign said they've already received pledges for donations for more than $25 million.
That money will be used to construct a new school for the blind and visually impaired, NSU's athletics and recreation fields project, and an on campus regional sports complex. The three projects received approval from the South Dakota Board of Regents this fall. They also approved a preliminary facility statement for the sports complex, which will include a softball field and football stadium. The stadium, which is projected to seat 8,000, will be named after Dacotah Bank, a major project investor.
Construction on the South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired will start in fall 2018 and is expected to be completed by fall 2019. The current building will be demolished. Construction will begin on the regional sports complex/Dacotah Bank Stadium will begin in fall 2019 and is expected to be completed no later than 2022.