Drake, Des Moines Public Schools announce new sports stadium

November 13, 2019

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Drake University in Des Moines has announced it’s partnering with Des Moines Public Schools to develop a new community sports stadium in the city.

The university said in a news release Wednesday that the 4,000-seat stadium will be located on the Drake campus and serve as the venue for the public school district’s high school and middle school football and soccer games. It will also serve as the home field for the Drake Bulldogs’ soccer teams.

Construction of new stadium is estimated to cost $19.5 million. It will be funded in part by Des Moines Public Schools, which has budgeted $15 million in sales tax revenue for the project. Drake University will donate the land and manage the stadium. Drake will also be conducting a fundraising effort in support of the stadium.

Preliminary plans call for the stadium to open by the summer of 2021.