FARGO — The first phase of North Dakota State football's indoor practice facility will cover 100,000 square feet and cost more than $26 million, according to paperwork filed with the City of Fargo.

In a building permit application, contractor Kraus-Anderson Construction Co. of Bismarck, N.D., laid out details of the much-anticipated structure that will be built on the site of NDSU's current outdoor practice fields along University Drive, just south of the Sanford Health Athletic Complex.

Included are the architectural drawings by Foss Architects and Interiors of Fargo, which is working with Crawford Architects of Kansas City.

The application was submitted on Aug. 3 and a plan review fee payment of $21,228.90 was submitted a week later. The application still has to go through a staff review, approval and issuance before construction can begin. NDSU is hoping to break ground in early September, although original plans called for construction to begin in July. The project is expected to take 13-15 months.

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NDSU announced in April that the facility was moving forward after the State Board of Higher Education gave final authorization. The school's athletic department raised the entire cost of the two-phase project, $37.2 million, which included a lead gift from Nodak Insurance Company.

The facility will be called the Nodak Insurance Football Performance complex and will include two artificial turf fields — one indoors and one outdoors. The indoor field will be a full 120 yards long, including the two end zones, and 60 yards wide. The roof will have 72 feet of clearance at its peak.

A future phase will include locker rooms, a 12,000-square foot weight room, locker rooms and sports medicine amenities.

A press release in April from NDSU said the indoor facility will cover more than 117,000 square feet including the practice field, operations building and storage warehouse. There will be camera decks on all sides, an elevated viewing area for recruiting and guests, a weight room and fueling station, and a retractable netting system to accommodate multiple sports.

Women’s soccer, men’s and women’s golf, baseball, softball, and men’s and women’s track and field programs will also use the building.

Seven overhead doors will open from the indoor facility onto the outdoor practice field. Scoreboards and play clocks will be provided on both fields, and LED lighting systems will be installed indoors and outdoors.

The plans submitted by Kraus-Anderson says the indoor facility will be 100,000 square feet, less than 117,000 square feet originally touted. It says the cost of the structure will be $26,391,166.

NDSU originally received the OK from the board of higher education and the state legislature for an indoor practice facility in 2018 and believed it could begin construction by 2020. Fundraising lagged and after it picked up momentum in the winter of 2019-20, the COVID-19 pandemic hit and essentially put things on hold. The school made the announcement it was moving forward with the indoor facility in April.

"This is something we’ve been waiting for a long, long time," NDSU athletic director Matt Larsen said at the time. "The size and scope of a project like this doesn’t happen overnight."