The $12.5 million athletic complex located next to Legacy High School has a new name: the Sanford Sports Complex.

The new name for the facility, which has turf and grass football fields, a soccer field, baseball diamonds and a track, reflects a public-private partnership between the school district and Sanford Health, which has facilities and clinics in eight states. The district spent about $10 million on the project, and collected the rest of the money through donations.

"We are pleased to continue that partnership with Sanford Health, and we are honored for their donation," said Bismarck School Board President Karl Lembke, who revealed the new name on Wednesday.

Construction on the sports complex began in 2015, with phases one and two completed by the opening of the new high school. A third phase beginning this fall will include new baseball and softball fields, tennis courts, a second entrance to the facility and a concession stand.

Dakota Community Bank & Trust also donated to the sports complex, and received name recognition on the score board.

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