Montana State University

Open house at MSU’s Brick Breeden Fieldhouse set for Aug. 20

August 13, 2014 -- MSU News Service

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Members of the public are invited to help celebrate Montana State University’s newly renovated Brick Breeden Fieldhouse at an open house set for Wednesday, Aug. 20, from 6-7:30 p.m.

Individuals who attend will have the opportunity to view the Fieldhouse’s new $3.2 million upgrade, which includes a new running surface, upgraded seating, a new sound system and venue curtains. Complimentary Pepsi products and popcorn will be provided at the event.

“The new arena floor, seats, sound system and venue curtains will help us better meet the multi-purpose uses of this building,” said Duane Morris, director of the Event Services Division for Auxiliary Services at MSU. “And the new sound system delivers a clearer sound with equal coverage throughout the arena.”

A variety of users will benefit from the renovations, Morris added.

Nearly 100 MSU track athletes will train and compete on the new 16-millimeter Mondo surface, a state-of-the-art material used for indoor running surfaces. Because the previous arena floor was cracked and peeling, a wooden floor had to be laid down before each indoor track meet for the athletes’ safety.

In addition, sports fans and patrons will likely appreciate upgraded seating in the lower level seats on the north and south sides of the arena, complete with backrests and cup holders, Morris said.

And, facility operations staff will have the ability to separate the upper level of the arena through the installation of a curtaining system used in most NBA arenas. The curtaining system will offer a more intimate environment for events as well as flexibility for how the space is used.

Originally built in 1957 with student building fees, the iconic Brick Breeden Fieldhouse is used as a site for graduations, convocations, athletic competitions, sporting events, Montana youth programs, expos, the American Bank Broadway in Bozeman series and major concerts.

In March the Board of Regents of Higher Education authorized funding to upgrade the arena. The Associated Students of MSU will contribute $1 million to the renovation. The remaining funds will come from athletic-donated funds and net Auxiliary Services revenues and from revenue generated from building user charges. The money contributed by ASMSU is from student building fees designated for maintaining campus facilities. Using these funds will not increase student fees.

Contact: Duane Morris, (406) 994-1831 or dmorris@montana.edu