Montana Western Midway on Funding for Sports and Activities Complex | Western Montana

DILLON — The University of Montana Western Foundation announced Wednesday that more than $2.2 million in funding has been secured, about half of the goal for a new on-campus sports and activities complex.

“We are thrilled to share this update with the community and grateful for the generosity of the Erb family who provided the impetus to get the project started,” said Roxanne Engellant, director of the Montana Western Foundation.

Once the full amount has been raised, which is estimated at $4-5 million, construction is slated for a plot of land promised in 2019 by John and Phyllis Erb near the Bulldog Athletics and Recreation Center. The complex is funded by private support and is part of a larger fundraising effort to support scholarships and university initiatives.

“We are thrilled to report our progress and be one step closer to realizing our goals. This facility will positively impact the student life experience of all current and future Montana Western Bulldogs,” said said Michael Feuling, UMW athletic director.

Since the 1980s, UMW and the Dillon Beavers have shared Vigilante Field. Since the land requires several upgrades and has limited space for expansion, the new complex would allow for sporting and other events to be held on campus.

Montana Western is the only university in the state to offer an athletics program that does not have an on-campus complex.

“This is an exciting project for Montana Western University that I believe will transform the student experience. I hope this new complex will not only be a great asset to the university but also to the community,” said UMW Chancellor Michael Reid. “We are excited to move forward with this initiative and look forward to beginning construction once funds are fully raised. We also want to extend an ongoing invitation to the high school, or other organizations, to partner also to us on this project.

In addition to community partnerships, the Associated Students of the University of Montana Western (ASUMW) has announced its commitment to financially support the project, pending Board of Regents approval at its May 2022 meeting.

“Montana Western students want to contribute to this project to support increased campus activity, create more opportunities for the community to connect with campus, and create a legacy for future students,” said Jacob Kunze. , president of ASUMW.

The university will now move into the public phase of the Sports and Activities Complex fundraising campaign.

For more information about supporting the Sports & Activities Complex project, contact the University of Montana Western Foundation at 406-683-7305 or visit

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