But Go-o-o-o-o Sport! says NSU President Tim Downs, who writes that super-duper things will happen for all of Aberdeen when Northern builds its very own football stadium on the current site of the School for the Blind:
We are grateful for Swisher Field, home for Wolves athletics for more than a decade, and we appreciate the collaboration between our community partners who share the complex. An on-campus sports complex will enhance our student experience and benefit the Aberdeen region. My vision for the complex includes marching band events, soccer games, softball games and an invitation to high school teams to play in these new facilities. Can you imagine Friday nights at Northern? Think of the economic impact of inviting area high schools to our community, not to mention the recruitment possibilities of hosting high school students on our tremendous campus [Tim Downs, “NSU Plans Will Be Major Boost to City, Neighbors,” Aberdeen American News, 2017.11.05].
Downs also promises to include more parking on the south side of the stadium, which could be a boon for summer events at Melgaard Park, particularly the June Arts in the Park, when cars pack the side streets and the curbs far up and down Melgaard Avenue… but only if the lots have access from State and Herret and thus can keep 17th Ave blocked off for safer pedestrian and vendor access to the park.
Let’s hope Downs also plans to include more parking on the north side of campus between the Johnson Fine Arts Center and the new science building. I attended the Aberdeen University/Civic Symphony last night, and it was wonderful! But the parking lot was filled to overflowing—let’s get more room for our arts visitors to park their vehicles as well!