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Video tribute to Memorial Stadium wins CASE award

Saying goodbye to an old friend is always tough. And tougher still when a worldwide pandemic prevents you from doing so in person.

It’s for the same reason UND President Andy Armacost said that just any old send-off would not do when it came time for the University to bid farewell to Memorial Stadium, one of its oldest and most beloved friends, of sorts.

The iconic fortress on the eastern edge of campus — first dedicated in 1927 as a memorial to UND’s third president, Webster Merrifield, and to the 33 UND students who lost their lives in World War I — would become the place setting for almost a century’s worth of new memories.

It would see decades of first dates, thousands of jubilant fans and 72 seasons of grid-iron glory. The Memorial Stadium deserved a tribute befitting its place in history and in people’s hearts.

What resulted was a live-streamed recognition ceremony that recently was honored with a Best of District VI Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

Read the full story at UND Today.