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Sanford Health’s 20-year gift will be used to help build the
Sports Performance Enhancement Facility, which includes a
6,000-seat basketball and volleyball arena and an outdoor track
and soccer complex, and the Science, Health and Research Lab
Building, which will connect the DakotaDome with the new
arena and will accommodate occupational therapy, physical
therapy, physician’s assistant, and kinesiology and sports sciences.
Together, these two facilities carry a price tag of $58.8 million
and will transform the DakotaDome and surrounding area into a
unique Division I athletic and academic complex.
Sanford’s gift will also support scholarships, faculty and the
university’s health services program, including the addition of
classrooms and office space for USD’s Kinesiology and Sports
Science Department, a weight room, athletic offices and a state-
of-the-art sports medicine area to be housed in the building
between the DakotaDome and arena.
According to USD Athletic Director David Sayler, once the
project is completed, the DakotaDome and surrounding area will
resemble a true Division I athletic complex and serve as a “front
door” venue in welcoming student-athletes and campus guests
with the Coyote Athletic Hall of Fame and various fan services
and amenities.
“We are most appreciative of this very generous gift from
Sanford Health. It is a great time for Coyote Athletics and
USD,” said Sayler. “This transformational gift brings us closer
to completing some very critical facility needs that will positively
impact our athletes, coaches, fans and staff for years to come.”
“Sanford Health is making an imprint on our campus with
their generous support of USD,” added USD Foundation
President and CEO Steve Brown. “This is more than an
investment in Coyote Athletics. It is a commitment to our
students, the Vermillion community, the region and the state of
South Dakota.”
The project was further propelled in October, when the South
Dakota Board of Regents authorized USD to move forward with
the projects.
“We’re grateful for the regents’ support in allowing us to take
the next step and move forward with these athletic and academic
projects,” said 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.”
To date, Sayler has received additional commitments
totaling $9 million for the project with a portion pledged to
the new outdoor track project and the remainder directed
toward the arena.
As part of the agreement, Sanford Health will continue to
serve as the exclusive sports medicine provider of Coyote Athletics
for the next 15 years. Sanford Health has had a long-standing
relationship with USD and has served as the sports medicine
provider for the university since 2005.
New Athletic Facilities in Clear View
In August, the University of South Dakota and the
USD Foundation announced a transformational gift
as Sanford Health committed to donate $20 million
toward athletic facilities, student scholarships and
faculty support—a bequest that will change the
landscape of the USD campus.
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