(VERMILLION, SD) The University of South Dakota broke ground on a new $66 Million Sports Performance & Enhancement Complex. South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard was on hand for the ceremonial groundbreaking outside the DakotaDome.
The project will feature a new 6,000 seat arena, for basketball and volleyball. It will also house research labs for students studying occupational and physical therapy, kinesiology and sports sciences, as well as sports medicine.
It's the kind of facility first thought of when the DakotaDome was built back in 1979, and now it's finally coming to fruition.
"Without a doubt this is a big day, not only for USD athletics, but for the University of South Dakota," said David Herbster, Athletic Director as USD. "Having this facility and this vision is what attracted coaches like Amy Williams and Craig Smith to USD. So you can see from a staffing standpoint what it's done."
"For two years since I've been here, there's just been a buzz surrounding Coyote Athletics and just an excitement for this day, said Amy Williams, Head Coach of the USD Women's Basketball Team. "I think there's no question that it's one of the big things that sets apart the Division-1 athletics is facilities and there's no doubt that we'll be at the top in that category and will set us apart."
A nine-lane, NCAA certified outdoor track and two soccer fields are also part of the project, which is set to begin in about 8 weeks and is expected to wrap up in the summer of 2016.