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    USD campus projects approved by South Dakota Board of Regents

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    Oct. 11, 2012

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    VERMILLION, S.D. - The South Dakota Board of Regents authorized the University of South Dakota to move forward on three major campus projects: the USD Sports Performance Enhancement Facility Arena and Outdoor Track and Soccer Complex, the USD Science, Health and Research Lab, and the expansion of the Muenster University Center.

    All three projects, totaling more than $70 million, were approved by the Board of Regents during a meeting on the USD campus this week. The Sports Performance Enhancement Facility includes a 6,000-seat arena for basketball and volleyball, and an outdoor track and soccer complex. The Science, Health and Research Lab Building, which will connect the DakotaDome with the new arena, will accommodate occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician's assistant, kinesiology and sports sciences. Together, these two facilities total $58.8 million and will transform the DakotaDome and surrounding area into a unique Division I athletic and academic complex.

    "This is a great day for Coyote Athletics as all of the things we brought forward to the Board of Regents were approved for the next phase. We're grateful for the regents' support allowing us to take the next step and move forward with these athletic and academic projects." said USD Athletic Director David Sayler. "But we're not done. Now is the time for Coyote fans to step up and pledge their support to ensure that these projects are completed."

    The Science, Health and Research Lab was approved by the legislature in 2012, and USD's final step in the approval process before construction of the Sports Performance Enhancement Facility and Outdoor Track and Soccer Complex lies with state legislators. University officials will make a presentation for those facilities in Pierre before state lawmakers in January.

    Additionally, the Board of Regents granted final authorization for USD to move forward on an $11.6 million expansion of the Muenster University Center. The MUC, completed in 2009, would increase its present size from 70,000 square feet to an additional 30,000 square feet to improve campus dining options for USD students. Construction on the expansion is already underway.

    UPDATE: CorTrust Bank invests $1.5 million in USD

    May 21, 2013

    VERMILLION, S.D.--CorTrust Bank president and CEO Jack Hopkins has made a $1.5 million investment in University of South Dakota and the Coyotes' athletic facility master plan which includes a 6,000-seat arena for basketball and volleyball, and an outdoor track and soccer complex. The announcement comes on the heels of strong fundraising for the project which is now in the final stages of design.

    "We look at this as an important economic development tool for the state of South Dakota," said Hopkins, a 1984 graduate of USD. "The addition of these facilities will help in the recruitment of athletes and students to the University of South Dakota. That will mean more graduates who employers can recruit to stay within South Dakota upon graduation."

    USD and CorTrust Bank have been partners since 1984. This investment extends CorTrust Bank's current marketing relationship with Coyote athletics. Additionally, CorTrust Bank will receive naming rights to the club area of the new arena.

    "Our partnership with CorTrust Bank and the Hopkins Family extends back to the early 1980s," said USD Director of Athletics David Herbster. "By the time this agreement runs its course, we will have had a 50-year relationship with the family. We are fortunate and blessed to have the trust and commitment to continue our forward momentum into not only this campaign, but the future of Coyote athletics."

    CorTrust Bank's commitment puts fundraising for the new facilities above the $50 million mark. In addition to the new 6,000 basketball/volleyball arena, the overall athletic facility master plan includes a new 400-meter outdoor track, two soccer fields, two practice football fields and two practice basketball courts. Connecting the DakotaDome to the new arena will be a three-story building which will be the new home for the departments of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Kinesiology & Sports Sciences.  New training and weight rooms along with classrooms, offices and a new hospitality area will also highlight the connector building.

    UPDATE: Groundbreaking Set for New Facilities


    March 9, 2014

    VERMILLION, S.D.--University of South Dakota will break ground on a Sports Performance Enhancement Facility Arena, a Science, Health and Research Lab, and an Outdoor Track and Soccer Complex the week immediately following spring commencement, which is set for May 10. The three projects carry an estimated cost of $66 million and a projected completion date ahead of the 2016-17 academic year.

    The arena will be located directly south of the DakotaDome and will be comprised of a ground level main floor with a second-level concourse. It will provide a competition, practice and training facility for both basketball and volleyball athletic programs. The main competition court will be surrounded by 6,000 spectator seats, which include an integrated club space. Additionally, locker rooms for players, staff, officials and visiting teams are included in the design as are two full-length practice courts.

    The Science, Health and Research Lab will be a one-story facility which will connect the DakotaDome with the new arena. The Lab will accommodate occupational therapy, physical therapy, kinesiology and sports sciences, and sports medicine programs. The facility will have collaborative spaces for the various programs as well as state-of-the-art classrooms, laboratory and clinical spaces. It will also house offices for athletic administration, men's and women's basketball coaches and volleyball coaches, and will include a 7,500 square feet weight room.

    The outdoor track will be located directly north of the Wellness Center. The complex will include a nine-lane, NCAA certified outdoor track plus areas for pole vault, long jump, shot put, discus, hammer throw, javelin and triple jump events adjacent to the track running service.

    Two soccer fields, one competition and one practice, are planned to the east of the track and bleacher seating. The fields will be turf grass with underground landscape irrigation provided. Bleacher seating for 2,000 will allow 1,000 seats for soccer events and 1,000 seats for track events.

    USD soccer could begin competition at the new complex as early as fall of 2015. The Coyotes will host the 2016 Summit League Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

    One of a kind

    The arena will be one of the premier facilities of its size in the Midwest. By comparison, The Pentagon in Sioux Falls has a capacity of 3,200, and the Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls is expected to hold 12,000. It will also be one of the very few facilities, if not the only one, which will house an arena and an entire sports science department under one roof.

    "To me, the best part of this process is the opportunity to have synergy between athletics and health sciences," said USD athletic director David Herbster. "Not only will our student-athletes receive the best care and a more immediate and thorough rehab, but from an educational perspective, having the classrooms, meeting rooms and faculty all in one area is key to quality hands-on learning and an enhanced educational experience."

    The athletic training staff housed in the Lab will be equipped with a hydrotherapy room, hot and cold plunge pools and an area where athletes can run and bike underwater. The Lab will also contain a biomechanics lab and a therapeutic modality area.

    Join the Clubs

    Premium seating in the arena will include 60 courtside seats and 180 premium club seats spanning the north side of the court. Owners of those tickets will have exclusive access to the Arena Club - a hospitality suite directly behind the premium seating area which will provide members a place to congregate, socialize and network. The suite will offer food, drink, sitting and lounge areas, and wall-mounted televisions.

    A similar, yet considerably larger hospitality suite will host the DakotaDome Club, which will be located north of the Arena Club and will overlook the south end zone of the football field. This 3,700 square feet area will be more than six times the size of Coyote Landing and could entertain approximately 400 patrons on game days. A warming kitchen and reception area will service both the Arena Club and DakotaDome Club suites.

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    For the teams

    Student-athletes for basketball and volleyball will be treated to state-of-the-art locker rooms, which in addition to personal locker spaces, will feature a team lounge area where coaches and players can watch film, hold team meetings and focus on academics. The back side of the basketball locker rooms will lead directly onto each team's respective practice court. In addition, a separate film room near the three team locker rooms is available and will double as a media work room and press conference area on game days.

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