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    Community Leaders Break Ground on O’Harra Renovation

    RAPID CITY, SD (April 18, 2017) – South Dakota School of Mines & Technology will hold a groundbreaking ceremony and press conference at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 22, on Dunham Field at O’Harra Stadium to kick off renovations to the facility.

    O’Harra Stadium is a facility utilized not just by the university but by the entire community.  “South Dakota Mines, including O’Harra Stadium, is a community asset. I am pleased we are able to help with the beautification and maintenance efforts needed to upgrade the facility.” said Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender.

    The Rapid City Vision Fund Committee, which oversees the community fund that is the result of a half penny sales tax implemented in 1992 to fund building projects, awarded the institution $1.9 million for the renovation project. Committee members will join community leaders, officials from the Rapid City School District and officials from SD Mines to break ground on the stadium improvements.

    The upgrades include: 

    • New artificial turf and track surface to replace current surfaces nearing the end of their life expectancies. 
    • An updated digital scoreboard to provide live video feed and replay capability and improved overall fan experience. 
    • New wrought iron fencing and brick pillars in front of the stadium to replace the existing chain link fence.
    • A new digital marquee to replace the static display on the north side of the stadium.

    The events at O’Harra Stadium draw huge crowds from around the region and add millions of dollars to the local economy. These include the State High School Track and Field Championships, major football games, like the annual matchup between Rapid City Stevens and Central, and the “Black Hills Brawl” between SD Mines and Black Hills State.

    The artificial turf that is being removed from Dunham Field at O’Harra Stadium will be donated to several local community groups who will use it for their own facility enhancements, including Rushmore Little League, Post 22, The Rapid City School District and Rapid City Parks and Recreation.

    The renovations at O’Harra Stadium are officially set to begin April 25 and will conclude before the start of fall football camp at the beginning of August.

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