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New stadium for the Jackrabbits

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South Dakota State University is growing.

And it's "growing out" of its current football stadium.

While the state legislature has final approval, plans are already in the works to replace the current facility.

Right now the Coughlin Alumni Stadium can hold about 11,000 people.

The new stadium will almost double that number.

"It really opens a lot of options for us to some very different things than we have ever done here before."  Said Justin Sell, SDSU Athletic Director.

He added the new stadium will bring more opportunities to the whole city of Brookings.  "Football will obviously be the main, in terms of games and competitions, but we will look to work with our local community, if we can do some concerts, we will utilize the club room and the whole west tower, year round, so we can host different events and receptions."

The school has already raised almost a third of the $60 - $65 million price tag.

The rest of will be funded privately and through revenue bonds.

"Anytime you are going to build something that is going to be here for 50 years and that can have a statewide impact, in a way that it provides an experience that we can't currently find anywhere in the state of South Dakota. The opportunity to bring 20,000 people to Brookings, South Dakota, really double our town any given Saturday is a tremendous opportunity." Sell said.

Everyone at the school is excited about it -- especially the football players.

"I'm definitely excited for the opportunity that this brings. Not only to the program but also to the university and community." Said Zach Zenner.

He has played with the Jackrabbits for a few years now and said the bigger crowd can only help the team.

"When the stadium is full and the seats are full, it adds an extra level of intensity to the game."

SDSU hopes to begin construction this summer and have it fully completed by Fall 2016.

The football team will be able to play at the current stadium during the construction.

If the school population grows, they're able to easily add more seating to the stadium.

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