As a new development project is expected to soon be underway at the site of UND's Memorial Stadium, other athletics projects -- including a $20-25 million addition to the Fritz D. Pollard Jr. Athletic Center -- become a focus in the not-so-distant future.
The new development anticipated at the Memorial Stadium site is a mixed-use facility with apartments on the top four floors and office space on the main floor, with parking underneath the structure.
That facility, though, is just the beginning of the changes school planners have for that area of campus.
What was once considered the project titled High Performance Center Phase 2 -- UND athletics' office space, locker rooms, weight room, academic center and sports medicine area -- is now fractured into more than one project.
The first project is set for the site of old Memorial Stadium. Plans for the Memorial Stadium project currently call for all UND athletics offices, which have been in the Hyslop Sports Center and Memorial Stadium, to be housed on the main floor of the new development, as well as a student-athlete academic center and a Hall of Honor area.
According to plans UND presented to the state this summer when seeking approval to tear down Memorial Stadium, the new Memorial Stadium development would connect to the Pollard Center via a glass-walled walkway that planners dubbed the "Hawkway."
The second project is planned as an addition for the Pollard Center, previously known as the High Performance Center. Plans for the addition include locker rooms for all sports that are housed in Hyslop, such as track and field, softball, football and possibly golf, as well as a weight room for those sports and a sports medicine area.
The addition to the Pollard Center would be to the building's west side.
Approval to begin fundraising for the new addition to the Pollard Center has been granted by the state. The estimated dollar amount is between $20-25 million, and the goal is to have the dollars raised by the fall of 2023, according to the UND Alumni Association & Foundation.
UND is also considering plans for a new outdoor turf and outdoor track project. This would be a separate project from both the new Memorial development and the Pollard Center addition projects. Officials are still working through the plans and details on the future track and turf project, UND communications director David Dodds said.
The university said fans may also see new signage for the recently named Pollard Center. Dodds said school officials are currently working through details but are hoping to have something in place by spring or early summer.