Madison United Rugby (MUR) has announced the signing of a contract with Ultimate Construction of Cottage Grove, Wisconsin, to construct a clubhouse at the group’s facility in Cottage Grove. Construction is scheduled to begin in mid-May with completion expected in November 2020.
When completed, the two-level building will include four locker rooms, spectator restrooms, a concession area, a changing area for game officials and an equipment storage area. In addition, the second level will feature an area capable of hosting up to 170 people for both rugby and non-rugby events as well as two outdoor decks overlooking the complex’s two championship rugby fields.
“This contract represents the culmination of our effort over several years to secure the funding and build a clubhouse facility at our home fields,” said MUR President Jeremy Holiday. “We thank the over 230 members of the Madison rugby community who have contributed to making this dream a reality as well as the Village of Cottage Grove for their partnership. This next step will help make our facility one of the finest in the nation.”
Located at 4064 Vilas Road in Cottage Grove, five miles east of Madison, the complex serves as a home field for three competitive adult teams, the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Men’s and Women’s programs, five high school programs–four boys and one girls–as well as a youth flag rugby program. Since its opening in 2008, the complex has hosted teams and spectators from across the state, Midwest and nation as well as international guests. (Attached is a list of these competitions and events, as well as renderings of the clubhouse.)
Located in the Village of Cottage Grove’s Bakken Park, the MUR rugby facility is part of its ongoing improvements making the area a destination for residents of Cottage Grove and visitors.
“The Village of Cottage Grove is excited about MUR’s commitment to the development of Bakken Park,” said Village Director of Parks, Recreation and Forestry Sean Brusegar. “With the Village’s planned construction of an additional shelter with restrooms and a 2,500 square foot splash pad, MUR’s clubhouse project really cements Bakken Park as a true destination park. MUR has been a good partner and steward to not only Bakken Park, but the Village as well.”