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Inside Iowa State
June 5, 1998

New ice arena will require some private funds

by Steve Sullivan

A committee of Ames and Iowa State representatives has been assembled to raise $300,000 in private support by July 1 for a new ice arena.

The new arena would be built on land donated by ISU, adjacent to the existing arena. ISU students will provide $1.7 million for the project through increased student fees and the city of Ames passed a $1.7 million bond issue for the project. The $300,000 in private support is the third phase of the project's needed funding.

The existing arena was built in 1978. ISU owns it and the city manages it. It is home to ISU men's and women's hockey teams, intramural hockey and broomball, and Ames figure skating and youth and adult hockey programs. It is used for programs and classes by Ames Parks and Recreation and the ISU department of health and human performance.

Vice president for external affairs Murray Blackwelder represents ISU on the fund-raising committee. The ISU Foundation is managing the private gift campaign and providing staff support.

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