With an ambitious timeline of 10 months, the new Don Beebe Stadium, along with Elliott Field and the Con Marshall Press Box, is ready for it’s official opening.
While the football team has already played a game in the new stadium, the stadium grand opening and dedication will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, near the south gates, before the football game against Fort Lewis at noon.
CSC President Randy Rhine, CSC Foundation Board Chair Marjean Terrell and NSCS Chancellor Stan Carpenter will speak at the stadium’s dedication. They will also announce the donors who made the stadium’s construction possible.
In 2014, a structural engineering company—Hermanson Egge Engineering, of Rapid City, South Dakota—inspected the Don Beebe Stadium and found that the structural integrity of central stands were failing. There were concerns with the poor drainage, deteriorating field conditions and inadequate services for spectators and game personnel, Rhine said in a Fall 2017 press conference.
Construction for the $8.6 million facility began in November, after the 2017 football season’s last game. As of press time, Wednesday, finishing touches are still being added to the Con Marshall Press Box, like painting doors, to prepare for the opening.
According to CSC Sports Information, the new stadium can hold a capacity of 3,500, including the bleachers, the auxiliary and visitor bleachers, and the grandstands, which hold 1,400 people on their own.
The stadium also includes a new sound system and a new scoreboard.