The fund raising goal: $1.2 million 

Football Field - $500,000

Baseball Field - $700,000

The Shirley Berg family is very excited to see that Jerome Berg Field could receive this turf. Said Shirley, “Artificial turf for our football and baseball fields would be a great improvement to the athletic facilities at Mayville State. In this day and age of competitive athletics, students are drawn to schools who take pride in their facilities. Having artificial turf would be outstanding! I, and our entire family, would encourage everyone to consider supporting this project for Mayville State. I know my late husband, Jerome, would have been very excited to have the best for Mayville students.”

We're just $150,000 away from bringing an artificial turf football field to Mayville State!

To help us get to that goal, the Mayville-Portland Economic Development Corporation has granted a one-time $50,000 matching fund challenge. Every dollar given to the turf project by Dec. 31, 2017 will receive a 50% match from the EDC! If we can raise $100,000 in the current appeal, we'll receive $50,000 in matching dollars - and that means the first phase of our turf campaign, for football, is complete!

Would you consider a one-time gift to bring this campaign to completion by the end of the year?

Here are the key benefits of the turf football field:

  • It will help recruit more local players who will play on this field for high school games.
  • It will save $55,400 a year in field maintenance costs.
  • Every athlete brings $62,000 a year of economic impact to Mayville-Portland, and a full football roster (120 students) represents $7.44 million in economic impact!
  • 120 football players also represent nearly $1 million in tuition and room and board revenue to keep MSU and our community strong.

The Legacy of Leadership Turf Campaign

In 2012, the MSU Foundation was fortunate to receive a challenge grant that would reduce the cost of installing turf at these two fields in half. The sooner these turf fields could become a reality, the sooner MSU could be competitive in finding more local and regional student athletes. 

The campaign, which is a tribute to the great coaches of Mayville State University, is fully underway. The dream of artificial turf football and baseball fields is making great headway! Gifts are coming in every month.

These fields will transform, protect, and strengthen Mayville State University and the community of Mayville-Portland and Traill County. The economic impact of these fields makes them a much larger priority than even their game value to the players. Protecting the financial stability and growth of the university benefits not only the students, but also the community.

And what do the current coaches think?

Head baseball coach Scott Berry ...

Baseball coach Scott Berry is optimistic about the turf fields. “MSU has had a long-standing tradition, dating back to the beginning of Comets Baseball. When I think of groups like the Mayville Red Caps or the many Comets Baseball championship teams we have fielded, I think this turf project will be a fitting recognition of this winning tradition.” Coach Berry added, “I’d like to reach out to all of our former athletes and fans who have the opportunity to make this the biggest win for our kids. ‘Are you ready to join our team for this field of dreams?’”

And the field is not just for the men’s sports. Women’s softball can use the baseball field, with a few slight modifications for regular practice, which will be a great benefit to that team.

Head softball coach Ashley VandeVeen ...

Head softball coach Ashley VandeVeen said, “The turf project will benefit the entire athletic department and student body. Softball will be able to utilize this space in months when we would normally be inside because of the snow. This alone will help recruiting and retention all throughout athletics.”

When the turf campaign began in 2012, no competing universities had artificial turf. Now every one of them does, except for MSU. Even some high schools are getting turf.

Head football coach Sean Thom ...

According to head football coach Sean Thom, the turf is vital. “Recruitment and retention has been a challenge here at Mayville State. We are one of the only remaining grass fields in the North Star Conference. New turf here at Mayville State would give us a safe, high quality field leading to a recruiting edge. It would expand our connection with the community, allow youth and high school programs to use our facility and help us create sustainability, saving hundreds of thousands of dollars over time on maintenance."

The number of students who will be impacted by the project is big. This translates to big economic development as well.

These fields will benefit all students, not only student athletes. In 2016 there were 129 students majoring in HPER and 76 students pursuing a minor in HPER. These students make up 18% of the student population. HPER majors include Sports Management, Fitness and Wellness, Health and Health Education, and Physical Education. Many HPER course instructors could utilize the turf throughout the year to conduct units in their classes that are not possible to do on unlevelled or muddy ground. Due to its level and safety-inducing cushion, the turf becomes ideal for class use and begins to take the strain off of other already-crowded indoor facilities.

The goal for the turf campaign is to raise $1.2 million for two fields. 

With full backing of the MSU cabinet and leaders from the community and across the country, the turf campaign continues and President Gary Hagen urges all alumni to take a good look at it.

“We have beautified and improved so many areas of the campus. We’ve made things safer, drier, prettier, and much more functional. In the last ten years, we have learned that facilities do matter because students make their college selections based on a campus’s physical amenities. This is especially true for student athletes who come to play a sport while they pursue their degrees. We’ve got to make these two fields a reality to protect our tuition revenue, our record enrollment, and our students with this far-safer alternative,” said Hagen. “I hope all of you will take a look at this project and help make MSU a highly competitive campus for those students who come right from our own backyard. We can’t afford to jeopardize our future by being complacent with the facilities while we watch other area schools take these students away. We are deeply grateful to all of the alumni and friends who have already given to the project. We plan to have some nice recognition of individuals, clubs, businesses, and foundations who pitch in. We owe it to Jerome Berg, Harvey McMullen, Al Meyer, and Lewy Lee, who blazed a trail for us. Let’s do it for them.”

Click here to see the Legacy of Leadership Turf Campaign team roster.

More information

For more information about the project, contact MSU Foundation development associate Brock Sherva at brock.j.sherva@mayvillestate.edu or 701-788-4679.