A huge new structure in Minot is officially opening tonight.
It’s the bubble over Herb Parker Stadium at Minot State University.
Jim Olson is there live with the details.
The bubble turns the field here at Herb Parker into a year-round location for everything from kids baseball to golf to soccer.
It’s an imposing structure – visible from many places around town.
And inside, it has a big feel to it as well.
It’ll hold baseball-softball fields, soccer pitches, a golf driving range, and much more.
MSU Athletics Director Andy Carter tells me the bubble means a lot to university athletes, but it’s also going to provide many community activities a new place to call home in the winter months.
(Andy Carter, MSU Athletic Director) “There’s a lot of things we can do. We’ve already set up – somebody’s going to rent it for a birthday party and have kids in here havng a good time. So as long as it doesn’t damage the facility and we have the space and time to do it within the schedule we’re going to do as much as we can.”
One thing starting soon – a golf driving range open to the public each Sunday night.
The bubble cost two million dollars and was funded by the Minot community facilities fund and private donations.
The local Chamber of Commerce, university officials, and others will be here to cut the ribbon to officially open it up at six tonight, with an open house until eight.