It’s considered one of the country’s prettiest settings for small college football with only minor renovation work the past six decades, but that’s about to change.
The state will pump $7.5-million into upgrading the historic Oak Bowl at Peru State College.
Peru State President Dan Hanson says the stadium is in desperate need of help.
The funds will go toward things like: better access to the stadium, widening the field, updating the restrooms and press box and better turf.
Governor Dave Heineman signed the appropriations bill on Monday that sets aside the funds.
Hanson says the renovated Oak Bowl should benefit more than just Peru State College.
“We believe this can be used by area high schools for events, for playoffs, for high school band competitions,” he says. “The state’s investing in the institution gives us some momentum here that will be really good for the college and for southeast Nebraska.”
The total cost for the Oak Bowl renovation, including a fieldhouse, is estimated at $14 million and the college is beginning fundraising efforts.
Hanson says the Oak Bowl improvements are part of Peru State’s comprehensive plan that has seen the college invest $50 million in campus infrastructure.
Hanson says construction might start in the next year or two. The bill that appropriated the funds for the Oak Bowl renovations is LB 968.
By Matthew Leaf, KTNC, Falls City