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Review of Feasibility Study for 'Sports Bubble' Complete

There are no current plans to build a "Sports Bubble" on campus.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 8-8-2013

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato President Richard Davenport said today that a report for a recently completed feasibility study for a potential indoor “sports bubble” on the Minnesota State Mankato campus has been reviewed and that there are no “immediate” plans to move forward with such a facility.

Davenport said the University continues to remain interested in the project, and will continue to study the feasibility of the project in the future.

The recent feasibility study was completed and a report was delivered for review by University officials in early May. The comprehensive report included a wealth of regional demographic information, cost estimates, siting and building options, user demand and programming assessment, along with various financial models.

NOTE: The feasibility study report is available for the public to review in person at the Minnesota State Mankato Athletic Department main office (Myers Field House 135) by appointment. Please call 507-389-6111 to make an appointment.

While the study indicated significant interest and outside revenue generation potential, the models each suggested these external cash flows would only cover approximately 50-60% of the estimated annual expenses to include operations and staffing, utilities, and potential debt service.

The feasibility study was executed this past spring by the Sports Facility Development & Management Group (SFDMG). The scope of SFDMG’s work was to evaluate possible campus, community, and regional interest and support for an indoor, air-supported multi-sport and recreation facility (i.e.-“bubble”) on campus.

Public and campus meetings were held Jan. 23 to inform the campus community, Mankato-area community and Minnesota State Student Association (MSSA) about the feasibility study, which was conducted in conjunction with the university’s facility master plan update.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,413 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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