Bethany Lutheran College (BLC) is pleased to announce a new partnership with Scheels, a privately held, employee-owned and operated sporting goods and entertainment department store headquartered in Fargo, North Dakota. Scheels operates thirty-one store locations in fourteen U.S. states. The Mankato Scheels opened in November of 1969, and since that time both the Mankato location and the company have grown considerably.
Through a naming rights agreement, Scheels Field at Bethany Lutheran College becomes a key component of a new activity and athletic complex on the Bethany campus that will also feature an 84,000 square foot Activity and Wellness Center currently under construction. Scheels Field at BLC will be home to Bethany Vikings Soccer, intramural activities and events, and will also host a range of other community sporting events including high school contests while welcoming thousands of athletes and spectators each year to the campus.
Bethany Lutheran College President Gene Pfeifer said, “Scheels has been an important fixture in Mankato serving the region for over a half century, and is a tremendous asset to the Mankato community through both their premier retail store, and also the ongoing support of various community causes and projects. We’re so pleased and thankful to Scheels for partnering with Bethany in support of our activity and wellness spaces.”
While both Scheels Field and the new Activity and Wellness Center development will provide top-notch facilities for Bethany, the College also envisions the large project to be an asset for the Greater Mankato community as well offering quality, indoor and outdoor health and recreational space.
Brandon Scheel, Mankato Store Leader said, “Scheels is very excited to partner with Bethany on this project. We enjoy working with well-run, first-class organizations that have strong leadership and a strong, positive community impact. We want to work with partners that will make a difference in people’s lives. Bethany does that every day.”