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Augustana Holds Home Opener in New Stadium

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With its new athletic complex nearly finished, Augustana College says it's positioning itself to become a bigger attraction in the QCA.

The school says its new facility could have a big impact on the entire community.

School officials say a top priority in building this new $10 million sports complex was to make it a source of pride for everyone in the QCA.

They say, now, they expect people other than just parents and students to start coming to the games.

The school even partnered with local businesses like Bent River and Harris Pizza, hoping to draw in bigger crowds.

And, with the new stadium, school officials say they expect to see an increase in the quality of their athletic programs, which should draw in more fans, too.

They're hoping athletes that may have overlooked the school in the past will consider it now with the new state of the art athletic complex.

That's exactly the effect that the school playing Augie in Saturday's game says it saw when it built a new stadium ten years ago.

"When we built the facility, it was actually the first year we had a winning record. So it really helps in recruiting quality football players," Tony Aretz, College of Mount Saint Joseph President, said.

"Now in terms of overall enrollment, the entire campus is what impacts recruiting students. And the more nice facilities they have, the more you're likely to recruit students," he added.

Augie's new athletic complex is still technically under construction, although enough of it was done to hold Saturday night's home opener.

Officials say bad weather this spring kept crews from getting the stadium done in time for this weekend's game.

The school says the entire complex is scheduled to be open for the Augustana Homecoming game on October 12.

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