The fact NDSU has ditched the addition to the Fargodome idea and is focusing on a total overhaul of the BSA makes sense on two fronts: it has to renovate the BSA anyway and the school will have total control of basketball operations.
A dome addition would bring into fold some city leverage for trade shows and exhibits or whatever. No big deal for games, since NDSU would probably have first dibs on that. But practice? It’s nice to have total access to your home court.
On an administrative front, this is a big deal to Gene Taylor’s reign as athletic director. It’s the project that could turn a good run so far into a very good run and if he’s ever going to move on, college presidents like to see an A.D. complete a big building project.
Asked if it’s the final piece to his NDSU puzzle, Taylor said, "It’s not the final piece, but it’s a critical one that we needed to do long ago. But we had other priorities like the transition and Division I."
It’s obvious that Sanford Health is very interested in being the leading financial partner. T Denny Sanford is worth over a billion and it’s been said he’s not afraid of being generous. The sometimes trustyworthy Wikipedia labels him a "philanthropist." Tuesday was my first direct connection to Sanford corporate and I will say I was impressed with its personable nature and quick response.
Try getting a comment from most of those corporate giants and you’re lucky to get an office assistant to reply with more than the following four words: "I’ll take your name."