Regional Event Center Opening

Celebrations commemorating the opening of the new Regional Event Center at Southwest Minnesota State University have been held and the facility is now serving the southwest Minnesota community.

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The $16 million Regional Event Center, which will be home to SMSU Mustang and Marshall Tiger football and soccer teams and the site of regional events such as conferences, meetings, speakers and concerts.

“The region has waited for quite some time for a facility like the Regional Event Center,” said Jim Tate, Associate Director of University Relations at SMSU. “We’ve planned a number of events in an effort to involve as many people as possible in celebrating this new facility. It will be a real value to southwest Minnesota in the years to come.”

Regional Event Center Parking

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General Parking Information:

Through traffic will be closed off during all Football events. Mustang Trail will be blocked at the West entrance to the RA Parking lot and the North East corner of the Regional Event Center.

Free parking will be allowed only in the A, B, and C lots and the Green lot. Overflow parking is also available at Mattke field and on Stadium drive. Persons parking in the A and B lots may walk to the Regional Event Center by entering campus through the Student Center or Bellows/Charter Hall entrances.

Street parking on Mustang Trail will be prohibited on game day.

Reserved tailgating spaces will be sold in the RA lot. Access will be limited to the West entrance. Reserved parking will be allowed in the RA lot and Bellows/PE lot.

On special event days, when access to the RA lot is limited, reserved parking will be in the Bellows/PE lot, along the North section of Mustang Trail, East of the Regional Event Center, on Stadium Drive.

All buses must enter and exit from the North, along Stadium Drive and Mustang Trail. Buses will be directed where to park by game management staff.

Tailgating Policy:

Tailgating will be encouraged in order to boost school spirit and camaraderie.

Individuals attending Southwest Minnesota State University are expected to conduct themselves in a manner respectful of the nature and character of the University. Persons acting in a disruptive, disrespectful, disorderly manner may be asked to leave the premises or be subject to arrest. Students may also be charged with a violation of the SMSU Student Conduct Code.

Parking lots are open three (3) hours prior to kickoff and one hour after the game concludes. Parking spaces are limited and tailgating must be confined to a small area around your vehicle. Traffic aisles and parking spaces can not be blocked at any time. Spectators wishing to park together must enter lots at the same time. All spectators will be asked to leave the parking lots at kick-off time.

Southwest Minnesota State University does not sanction the consumption or possession of alcoholic beverage by underage persons; nor does it sanction the violation of any federal, State or local law.

All participants will be responsible for complete cleanup of their tailgating area. This includes proper disposal of garbage and charcoal. PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THE GRASS FIELDS ARE USED DAILY BY SMSU STUDENTS FOR RECREATION. Putting trash in proper receptacles is appreciated.

Statistics & Structural Information

About the Field:
  • ProGrass turf covers 106,000 square feet.
  • Final mixture includes 140 tons of rubber and approximately 60 tons of sand.
  • The surface has a less than one percent crown to the field.
  • The crushed rock provides all of the drainage for the field.
crushed rock

The Regional Event Center field is constructed in a three step process. The base is comprised of six inches of crushed rock topped by two more inches of smaller crushed rock. That crushed rock is then topped off with the ProGrass surface.

stadium sweeper

Landscape fabric and a drainage system are below the crushed rock. It takes about seven to nine days to sew it together followed by shearing (cutting out) the yard markers, the numbers, the soccer lines, and any logos.

The third process involves applying a mixture of rubber and fine sand in exact proportions over the surface of the turf through a process of lifts or passes over the field. Each lift drops a small amount of the mixture into the strands of the turf, which are then slowly lifted so that, when the mixture is fully applied, the field feels like real grass and does not have the concrete feel of artificial surfaces of years ago.

Live TV Streaming of the Game

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Construction Time-lapse

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