Crown and KleinBank Reach Naming Rights Deal for KleinBank Stadium
Posted July 15th, 2013
Donation from Minnesota’s largest family-owned bank completes $2.4 million project.
Crown College and KleinBank announced the latest achievement of our nearly 30-year relationship–KleinBank Stadium. The new complex, which opens on September 6-7, 2013, was made possible because of KleinBank’s sizable donation.
Representatives from the Klein family, both third and fourth generation, were on hand at Crown during a July 11 ceremony to celebrate the announcement. Along with the Klein family, many of the bank’s leadership participated, as did dozens from Crown’s faculty, staff, Cabinet, and Board. In addition, the mayors of St. Bonifacius and Waconia and several Council members from Waconia and Chaska took part in the ceremony, which was held outside near the construction site.
The $2.4 million project will have seating on both sides and hold more than 1300 fans. In addition, the field will feature state-of-the-art synthetic turf, lights for evening games, and a press box with full audio and video streaming capabilities. The multipurpose stadium, which will also host community athletic events, is being build by Mortenson Construction, builders of more than 100 sports and entertainment venues including Target Field.
“Our relationship with KleinBank started with an institutional checking account, and flourished because of our shared values–integrity, responsibility, community service, and community development,” said Joel Wiggins, Crown College president.
“The KleinBank Stadium name reflects our relationship and Crown’s appreciation of their continued support.”
KleinBank provides personal banking services to hundreds of Crown students, faculty, and staff. The bank has financed Crown’s gymnasium addition in 2000, two dorm buildings in 2001, a new library in 2006, the remodels of Strohm & Richardson Halls in 2012.
“We’re confident that the synergy between KleinBank and Crown College will continue long into the future, as the values of the Klein family are so closely aligned with those of the College,” said Doug Hile, president and CEO of KleinBank. “We are thrilled to be able to assist in the stadium project and be part of their future.
KleinBank Stadium’s grand opening is at 7:00 p.m. on September 7, 2013, when Crown faces Macalester in football “under the lights”–the first time ever for a Crown home game! The event, which includes activities throughout the day, coincides with KleinBank’s Community Days, Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 5 – 7. (More KleinBank grand opening information will follow.)To follow the stadium project blog by Crown’s Director of Athletic, Josh Dunwoody, click here.
About Crown College
After nearly 100 years, Crown College remains an exceptional, private Christian college passionate in its preparation of Christians who serve Christ and influence the world in many professions. Located west of Minneapolis, Crown pledges to deliver a Christ-centered education that is academically outstanding, globally connected and an excellent value. With nationally ranked on-campus and online degree programs, Crown offers the best of both worlds – a vital, energetic campus and a best-in-class online Christian college. Visit www.crown.edu.
Crown College Athletics includes 11 NCAA Division III teams and belongs to the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC).
The Klein family entered banking in 1907 when C.H. Klein first bought stock in First National Bank of Chaska. Today, with assets totaling more than $1.6 billion and a financial team of 400 dedicated employees, KleinBank is Minnesota’s largest family-owned state bank and a 2011 recipient of the Minnesota Business Ethics Award and a 2012 recipient of the Minnesota Family Business Award. With 19 branches, KleinBank offers a broad array of financial services to individuals, families and businesses including online banking at www.kleinbank.com.
During the July 11 naming ceremony, members of the Klein Family (Alan, Jim, and Dan), along with Doug Hile, KleinBank president & CEO present a rendering of the KleinBank Stadium entrance to Crown’s president, Joel Wiggins and to Don Berglund, Chair of Crown’s Board of Trustees.