A Forum story a few weeks ago on the fundraising for the Bison Sports Arena renovation quoted Gene Taylor as saying there was an Aug. 15 deadline to raise the necessary funds to begin going through the necessary approval stages if the project was to be bid out this fall. That all is correct. But Taylor said he’s also heard that people have taken that to mean fundraising will cease if the Aug. 15 deadline isn’t met.
Not true. If NDSU doesn’t raise all $32 million this month, it simply means approvals and bids will be moved back. No doubt this project is a go, just a matter of when the remaining $2 million can be secured.
Moreover, in talking with Gene today, that deadline is more fluid than once thought, mainly because meeting dates for various governmental bodies have not been set. For instance, NDSU would have to get approval of a North Dakota legislative committee and that group hasn’t decided when it will hold its quarterly meeting.