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SCSU Close to NHEC Fundraising Goal [AUDIO]

Jim Maurice

ST. CLOUD –St. Cloud State University is beginning to see some of the benefits of a successful hockey season. The timing is near perfect for the school as they look to finish fundraising efforts to cover a portion of the renovations to National Hockey and Event Center.

University president Earl H. Potter III says the school needs about $1.5 million more to hit their goal – a total they expect to reach by the ribbon cutting ceremony this fall.

Potter says the team’s recent success is generating a lot of interest from fans looking to come to campus next season.

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Fans aren’t the only group getting involved in donations. The president says interest spiked among former hockey players as the school tries to get financial support for new locker rooms.

Potter says the Frozen Four is really helping to generate exciting for the project.

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The National Hockey and Event Center may soon have a different name.

Potter says the university is prepared to address the naming of the building sometime later this week.

The total cost of the project is estimated at over $30 million. Last March, construction began on the first phase – valued at $14.7 million.

The new 50,000 square foot expansion will include additional suites, new locker rooms and a four-story atrium.

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