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Caswell Sports Bonding Request


Help build the caswell regional indoor rec facility!

1. Learn about the project! Read about the proposal on this site.

2. Spread the word about the project! Share the news with your family and friends and anytime you see a media source covering the project, try to provide a positive statement of support in the comment section!

3. Fill out this letter of support that will be sent to Senator Nick Frentz:

4. Inform your legislators! Click on the following links to view the lists of involved legislators and send a letter or email of support to encourage them to vote “YES” to approve our bonding request! 

5. If you have a Facebook page, like the Friends of Caswell Sports page, then share it!

6. Share a quote or words of support with our facility advisee team at the User Quotes page of this website. (

7. Submit a letter to the editor in the Mankato Free Press supporting the project. Share with the community that this project isn’t just about sports, it’s about quality of life amenities, increasing economic impact, drawing visitors to our community, and providing a safe place for all!

The Caswell Sports Advisee Committee thanks you for your time and support! Together we can get this built and enjoy the ample recreation opportunities it will supply and the economic vibrancy that will surround the facility for decades to come!

Project Description

The total project cost is $25.5 million. $12.75 million is requested in state bonding dollars to fund the project, and will be matched by local dollars. Local revenue is available from a sales and use tax approved by voters in 2016 and the Minnesota State Legislature in 2017 and 2023.

The $25.5 million will be used to construct a 115,000 square foot indoor fieldhouse.  The fieldhouse will include 8 full sized basketball courts and 6 tennis courts.  The basketball portion of the facility can be converted into 16 youth sized basketball courts or 8 full sized volleyball courts.  The tennis courts can be converted into 12 pickle ball courts.  Associated support space is included in the 115,000 square feet such as concessions, restrooms, meeting space, storage, and spectator viewing areas. 

Project Timeline

Breaking Ground - Fall of 2024 (pending appropriation)

Caswell's Annual Economic Impact

Year Total Visitors Economic Impact
2016 66,204 $7,430,683.40 Voters approve sales tax extension
2017 39,260 $5,482,885.00 N/A
2018 38,375 $4,920,527.00 Legislature approves sales tax extension
2019 31,817 $5,101,620.80 N/A
2020 20,339 $4,346,476.00 Phase I Appropriation Awarded
2021 30,230 $7,027,271.00 N/A
2022 26,668 $7,948,132.00 N/A
Fieldhouse Impact 4th Year 14,189 N/A $2,500,000.00
Fieldhouse Impact 10th Year 35,000 N/A $8,000,000.00

Project Summary

This is Phase II of a project funded by the legislature in 2020 which included enhancements to the original softball facility at the original complex. The City of North Mankato has completed the construction documents necessary for the project and is ready to proceed immediately following appropriation. The City requests $12.75 million in state bonding dollars to fund the construction of a fieldhouse. The City proposes to match the State bonding request with $12.75 million of local option sales with tax dollars approved by voters in 2016 and other necessary local funds.


City Administrator Kevin McCann


North Mankato Government Relations - Ward Einess


Project Background & Financial Feasibility Reports Memo

City of North Mankato staff completed at the request of the City Council, a document containing a project background, financial estimates, letters of intent, feasibility studies and design renderings for the proposed Caswell Fieldhouse.

Governor Walz Includes Caswell Sports Bonding Request in $2.7B Bonding Plan - January 18, 2022

The City of North Mankato and Caswell Sports thanks Governor Tim Walz and his staff for including North Mankato in his 2022 Proposed Capital Budget. Visit the link above to view a summary listing of recommended projects by Governor Walz. North Mankato's Bonding Request is included on page 39.

Minnesota Senate DFL Caucus Proposal - 2020

In 2020, the Minnesota Senate DFL Caucus and local Senator Nick Frentz included North Mankato's bonding request in their bonding bill. We appreciate your efforts in 2020 and now to continue discussion on this important legislation.

How would this facility affect me?



The Caswell Regional Sporting Complex bonding request is the product of nearly a decade’s worth of regional discussion about recreational needs in the Mankato/North Mankato Metropolitan Statistical Area, successful extension of an existing sales and use tax, and coordinated regional planning.  At least three independent feasibility studies have been completed addressing the need for indoor recreational/court space in the area, including one by the Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission. All agree sufficient demand exists for construction of a fieldhouse in an area of the state underserved by this type of asset.  Enhancements to the existing park, and the addition of the indoor fieldhouse are critical pieces in a constellation of recreational investments in the Mankato/North Mankato area linked aimed at strengthening south central Minnesota for future economic and livability success.   


Upgrades to the softball and soccer fields at Caswell Park have provided needed enhancements to an existing state asset drawing 35k-55K annual visitors to the area, generating 8-10 million dollars in economic impact, and hosting approximately 35 tournaments a year. As Caswell increases its role as an in and out of state draw for sports tourism, upgrades were needed for the thirty plus year old facility.  Prior to the 2020 Bonding dollars awarded to Caswell Park, all costs for construction and improvements had been made by the City of North Mankato.


Conversations with business leaders in the community continue to include reports of difficulties attracting workers of all professional levels to the Mankato/North Mankato Metropolitan Statistical Area due to a lack of indoor amenities like the proposed fieldhouse.  As a result, business leaders are demanding these types of investments to continue to sustain and grow their companies in the area.  The fieldhouse expansion will increase the regional economic impact of Caswell by increasing the number of months the park operates from six to twelve with the addition of indoor winter sports like basketball, volleyball, tennis, and pickleball.  In the Mankato/North Mankato area a need exists for additional events hosted in the winter to draw visitors to the area, fill hotels, and provide customers to entertainment oriented businesses.  The fieldhouse expansion at Caswell will also address these needs.  


Lack of space and available time is continually mentioned by sporting groups looking to invest in local athletes and grow their programs.  This lack of space limits regular practice times, performance training, and the ability to host regional tournaments.  Numerous examples of citizens traveling into the Twin Cities Metro Area with children to participate in sporting leagues can be offered as a result of the lack of these amenities.  The constraints mentioned above induced the area basketball, volleyball, and tennis groups to sign letters of intent with specific hours and rates to locate to the proposed facility.  These letters of intent include larger regional institutions like Minnesota State University Mankato’s tennis team and Bethany Lutheran College’s tennis team.  As a result, the Caswell Sports Regional Bonding Request not only assists local programs, but also guarantees partnership between the community and higher education institutions by co-locating uses in the same facilities. Therefore, it is a terrific example of partnership between the state and local entities.     


Awarding the $12.75 million in state bonding appropriations responds to regional planning efforts, invests in a time proven existing statewide asset, addresses the demands of business leaders, resolves inequities in access to youth sporting facilities based on geography, and provides an asset that will be leveraged for decades for the prosperity of the region.  It can also address an equity issue by considering the average household income in the Mankato/North Mankato area is lower than other areas of the state.