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Hope College Close To Owning Its Football Stadium

Posted at 10:35 PM, Dec 19, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-19 22:35:54-05

HOLLAND, Mich. – Hope College will soon be the owners of its very own football stadium.

On Wednesday, Dec. 19, the Holland City Council approved the sale to the college of Holland Municipal Stadium.

The stadium is adjoined to the college’s outdoor athletic complex, which is located on the city’s southeast side. This complex has been Hope football team’s home since 1979.

City, college and local school officials met last year and began the discussion of upgrading the stadium. The meeting led to an agreement that the college would upgrade and purchase the stadium.

The college had already made an upgraded to the stadium with an artificial playing surface, which came just in time for the 2012 season. The lights for night games were also upgraded.

Previous to the purchase of the stadium, which cost the college $952,350 based on an appraisal, the college spent an additional $1 million on other improvements.

All that remains for the college to officially become the owners are a few signatures from the city and college officials.

“We are very grateful for the time and effort by the City to enable this sale,” said Hope College President James E. Bultman. “The college

has already invested substantially in obvious improvements and will continue to maintain a facility that is conducive to the high standards of the college and the community.  As a tangible expression of our commitment to the City and Holland Public Schools, with whom we have shared this field for the past 33 years, the college will allow its use to both organizations without rental costs.”