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Peru State to break ground on $14 million Oak Bowl renovation


(Peru, Neb.) Peru State College (PSC) will break ground on a $14 million renovation of the Oak Bowl tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 20, immediately following the 1 p.m. football game versus Central Methodist University. It’s the facility’s first major renovation since it was constructed in 1900.

Earlier this year, District 1 State Senator Lavon Heidemann led the way in securing $7.5 million in state funds for the renovation of the historic facility.

PSC President Dan Hanson said, “The State of Nebraska’s willingness to invest in Peru State’s future is largely due to the college’s progress and forward momentum over the past several years. A revitalized Oak Bowl will allow the college to be competitive both on the field and in student recruitment. As one of the largest outdoor facilities in southeast Nebraska, the lighted, turfed field will be used for football, our active intramural program, and a variety of academic and co-curricular events like band competitions, camps and high school football play-offs.”

Total cost for the project, including a new Fieldhouse, is estimated at $14 million. To complete the project in its entirety the college is working to generate private gifts and donations.

Bill Sapp and Lee Sapp, owners of Sapp Brothers Travel Centers and Petroleum, have made the first significant gift to the project. Their donation of $500,000 is the largest single non-estate gift in the institution’s history.

For more information regarding the Oak Bowl project or how to help in the early stages of this process, contact the Peru State Foundation at or 402-872-2304.