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Wednesday, April 27, 2005
NDSU to help pay for improvements

Associated Press

FARGO, N.D. -- The Fargo Dome Authority has reached a tentative deal to settle a nearly two-year long dispute over how much North Dakota State University should pay to overhaul a portion of the Fargodome for Bison football.

The dome will ask NDSU for $57,500 per year to rent space for coaches' offices and take over locker rooms at the dome.

NDSU also will pay about $500,000 to build replacement locker rooms.

Dome Authority member Dale Beling said NDSU officials have agreed to the deal, though it is not yet in writing.

The NDSU Development Foundation has agreed to pay for renovating the space in the dome for the Bison football program. The university's rent will go up 5 percent every 10 years.

The Dome Authority approved the agreement earlier this week. Officials now will write a lease agreement and seek approval from the school and the city.

Bison football coach Craig Bohl said he wants to have the new space in the dome available by fall.