September 28, 2017 5:39 pm
Updated: September 28, 2017 6:14 pm

After decades without, Dakota Collegiate finally gets its football field

Dakota Collegiate's Murray Field was officially opened.

Walther Bernal / Global News

For the first time ever, students at Dakota Collegiate finally have an athletic field to call their own.

After years of fundraising a symbolic football tossed helped to officially open Murray Field Thursday afternoon.

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It’s a first for students at Dakota, who’ve been missing out on the benefits of playing at home for years.

Up until now, every football and soccer game has been played away.

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“It’s such an upgrade for the kids,” Phil Hudson, Dakota Collegiate Athletic Director said. ” A field to call our own.”

Plans to build an athletic space that would include a football field, soccer field, basketball court and indigenous interpretive area have been in the works for years.

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After nearly two million dollars in donations and funding from the city, construction finally started this summer.

The first true home game for the Dakota Lancers is Oct. 5.

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