Construction bid awarded to improve Minot State football and soccer field
A new artificial turf system is in the construction plans for Herb Parker Stadium improvements on the Minot State University campus. Kraus-Anderson Construction, of Circle Pines, Minn., was the low bidder on the project and will begin in April to make improvements to the 45-year-old facility.
As the general contractor, Kraus-Anderson will be installing top-of-the-line artificial turf by Field Turf, the nationwide leader in the industry. The current field is in dilapidated shape, due to high usage from university teams, high school events, community activities and statewide groups that all utilize the facility. This year's improvements will provide a more consistent playing surface that allows Minot State to save on maintenance and upkeep and better serve the needs of groups and schools in western North Dakota which benefit from using Herb Parker Stadium.
Along with installing a much-improved playing surface, Kraus-Anderson will remove the track surrounding the field, expand the field's dimensions to accommodate a full soccer field and install a new lighting system to provide better coverage of the field from both the north and the south sides.
"We're pleased with Kraus-Anderson's low bid to complete these changes to the field and surrounding grounds at Herb Parker Stadium," said David Fuller, president of Minot State University. "Kraus-Anderson is a reputable company which is planning to complete all these improvements in time for this fall's football and soccer seasons."
The construction on this field is a necessary first step as MSU moves forward in a multiyear process of changes and improvements in responding to the needs of the university, community and region.
The enhancements to the football and soccer field also represent a continued desire for Minot State to provide a high-quality, complete experience for its student-athletes, the community and the general student population. In the competitive world of athletics, it is essential for MSU to attract the best North Dakota athletes by maintaining a top-notch facility, much like other state universities.