Board of Regents Approves Naming of the Tilleman Field


September 23, 2020

I’m pleased to share that on September 16th, the Montana Board of Regents officially approved naming MSU-Northern’s new football field the Tilleman Field.

In September of 2019, the Tilleman family, owners of the Tilleman Motor Company and GMC dealership in Havre, made a lead gift to kick off public phase of the fundraising campaign of the new Northern Lights football field and stadium project.

Mike Tilleman, a former NFL football player, was also instrumental in bringing back Northern’s football program twenty years ago, as well as founding the Northern Lights Athletic Scholarship Foundation (NLASF), which has contributed significantly to MSU-Northern Athletics over the last 20 years.

Through NLASF, Mike also created a celebrity pheasant hunt called Legends for Lights, which brings former NFL players to Havre every fall. All money raised is donated by NLASF to the MSU-Northern athletic program and provides vital funding for scholarships and staffing needs.

I cannot thank the Tilleman family enough for their unwavering support of our university, athletic programs, and most importantly, our students. We are pleased to be able to honor this long-standing relationship and recognize these incredible contributions through the naming of the Tilleman Field.

Greg Kegel



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