- Associated Press - Monday, June 1, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minneapolis school officials want to construct a new multipurpose athletics facility amid concerns that sites are falling behind other area school districts.

The Star Tribune (https://strib.mn/1M2HVYU ) reports the athletics plan was presented recently at a board meeting for Minneapolis Public Schools. The plan says the district’s hockey arena is a mess, and upgrades are needed at many fields and basketball courts.

The multipurpose facility would include a hockey rink as well as outdoor fields. It could open as early as 2018 and has an estimated cost of $20 million.

Officials told board members that creating a foundation for athletics needs could help defray the cost of the proposed facility, as well other sports spending.

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Information from: Star Tribune, https://www.startribune.com

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