MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- With pledges of financial support already coming in, the University of Minnesota is taking a closer look at the feasibility and potential cost of building a campus football stadium.
University President Robert Bruininks told the school's Board of Regents Friday that he doesn't know how much a stadium would cost. He announced a study to determine the facility requirements, operational costs and revenue possibilities. Bruininks said he also wants to consider other potential uses for the facility.
"Building a stadium and locating a stadium on the university campus is not about playing eight games. It's not just about intercollegiate football. It's creating a place for this community," Bruininks said. "We have no place on the University of Minnesota campus that has the capacity to convene the entire community."
Last week, alumnus T. Denny Sanford stepped forward with a pledge of $35 million toward the project. Another $1 million pledge was made soon after.
Bruininks said the university will also assess the interest of other donors. He said the project must be largely funded through private donations.
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