Full higher ed board gives UND permission to tear down Memorial Stadium

The State Board of Higher Education voted to allow UND to tear down Memorial Stadium.

The item was a part of the board’s consent agenda, so no discussion was had on the matter during the meeting. The full board decision comes a few days after its budget and finance committee voted 3-0 in favor of the decision.

The university has reported that Memorial Stadium requires more than $8 million in upgrades and has had other issues in recent years. UND estimates that it will save $200,000 annually by no longer operating the building. In addition, UND says it can potentially generate new ground lease revenue.

During the board’s budget and finance committee meeting last week, board member Casey Ryan cautioned UND officials to be prepared for the potential community reaction to the decision. UND President Andrew Armacost said, during a recent Herald editorial board meeting, that he had heard from two people in recent months about the decision to tear down the stadium.

UND interim President Joshua Wynne is down to his final days at the head of UND. He held the role for a year, during tumultuous times on campus. Eric Hylden /

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