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Royal Stadium Groundbreaking and Bob Bjorklund Retirement Celebration

Royal Stadium

1:30-3 p.m. | 2 p.m. Ceremony


  • Miranda Powers GS'09 | Associate Vice President of Student Life
  • Chris Meidt '92 | Board of Trustees 
  • Ross Allen '84 | President
  • Scott Kirchoff '03, S'18 | Former Football Player and Assistant Coach 
  • Gretchen Hunt | Associate Athletic Director, Head Volleyball Coach
  • Bob Bjorklund | Athletic Director
  • Nick Cocalis | Athletics Development Officer, Head Men's Golf Coach

Ceremonial Excavator Dig

  • Ross Allen '84 | President
  • Kelsie Sealock '23 | Track and Field
  • Tavian Swanson '21 | Football

Ceremonial Shovel Dig

  • Ross Allen '84 | President
  • Bob Bjorklund | Athletic Director
  • Greg Peterson '92 | Incoming Athletic Director
  • Chris Meidt '92 | Board of Trustees Member
  • John Addleman | Vice President of Student Experience
  • Elizabeth Szilagyi '21 | Bethel Student Government President
  • Steve Johnson | Head Football Coach
  • Andrew Rock | Head Track and Field Coach
  • Gretchen Hunt | Associate Athletic Director, Head Volleyball Coach


  • Construction display—see how we're going to #transformthehill
  • Sign the #transformthehill banner
  • Take photos at the photo booth station
  • Write a thank-you note to Bob Bjorklund for his 24 years of service to Bethel
  • Pick up a Called to More mini football or baton souvenir
  • Participate in the prayer walk
  • Concessions—grab a complimentary lunch and snacks

Prayer Walk

  1. Stands—pray for the community experience through Bethel athletics
  2. New jumps area (near the west end zone by the Sports and Recreation Center)—pray for Bethel facilities
  3. 50-yard line (center of the football field)—pray for Bethel’s student-athletes, that they may have a transformative experience in their program
  4. East end zone (closest to Snelling Avenue)—pray for the future of the athletics campaign, that we may meet our bold vision for our campus

Complimentary Concessions

  • Hot dogs
  • Chips or pretzels
  • Cookies
  • Dilly Bars
  • Bottled water
—Dilly Bars are sponsored by Dairy Queen, 3070 Lexington Ave N, Roseville, MN, which is owned by Bethel alumni.