Minnesota State University celebrated the start of construction on the $5.49 million seasonal Maverick All-Sports Dome at a campus groundbreaking ceremony today.

The air-inflated multipurpose facility is expected to open in December.

Minnesota State Mankato students voted to help finance the project’s construction cost by voting “yes” in a December referendum to an additional student fee of 83 cents per credit, capped at $10 per semester.

Community rental fees will provide revenue for operating costs and maintenance.

President Richard Davenport also announced today that the SCHEELS All-Sports Foundation has provided a $500,000 gift that will help offset the facility’s annual operating costs. In exchange, the name of the facility’s synthetic turf field space will be “SCHEELS Field at the Maverick All-Sports Dome.”

The facility will be located on the Minnesota State Mankato campus at the intersection of Monks Avenue and Woodhaven Circle.