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May 23, 2014 06:06 PM

NSU Preps For Meyer Memorial Service

Aberdeen, SD

Northern State University is putting together the final touches as it prepares for the memorial service for Coach Don Meyer.

The Barnett Center has housed many memories with Don Meyer coaching the Wolves. Saturday afternoon the floor which bears the name of the legendary coach won't be filled with players, but with people paying their respects.

Director of University Relations and Marketing Greg Smith says the university is hard at working putting together a memorial service that fits Meyer's personality.

"Coach Meyer was real specific. He's a simple, no nonsense kind of guy, and he wanted a simple, no nonsense kind of memorial service," Greg Smith.

Smith estimates the service will last about an hour. There will be three speakers, including former players. This is one of two services for Meyer, the other will take place in Tennessee in June. Because there are two services and this one is taking place during Memorial Day Weekend, the numbers of people attending is hard to pinpoint.

"Before I got to Aberdeen I was told there was another funeral in the Barnett Center and it brought 2,500 people. So we're anticipating this will be bigger than that. We're prepared for as many as six thousand in here and we've got the seating to arrange for that," Smith said.

Smith says people are coming from all over the country to pay their respects to the coach.

The Parking Lot at the Barnett Center will not be able to hold everybody attending the service, but empty parking lots like this one on campus due to the school being out for the summer, will help fill that need.

The university is working with local law enforcement to provide security and traffic control for the event. Smith is proud of how the university is putting together the service, and says it was the least the school could do after everything that Meyer did for the university.

"He was an incredible human being who just had a no nonsense way about him. He's practical, hard work, do the simple things, do them well, and respect other people, and those were the things that he lived by," Smith said.

The doors open at 2 p.m., and the service starts at 3 p.m.
If you aren't able to make the service, we will be streaming the service live on

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