Groundbreaking of New SDSU Athletic Facility
by Betsy Jibben, Reporter
August 31, 2013 10:27 PM
If you have been on South Dakota State University's campus lately, you may have seen some new buildings and additions. Over the last 6 years, there have been 18 projects on campus, but the school isn't done yet. Saturday, they broke ground on a new 32-million dollar indoor practice facility.
The ground may look bare now, but the flags say it all. Coming in 2014 is a new addition to South Dakota State University, The Sanford-Jackrabbit Athletic Complex.
"It's the groundbreaking on a building that really is going to make a difference for 450 student athletes,” said SDSU President David Chicoine.
They've already dug up some of the dirt, but at the Ceremonial Groundbreaking on Saturday. Donors, contributors and staff got to share the excitement with one another.
The facility will offer an 8-lane, 300 meter track, sports and athletic training facilities and weight rooms for athletes to practice year round.
"Also it helps our student athletes train so they can compete at the highest level of D1 athletics," said Athletic Director, Justin Sell.
Then there's the 100 yards of synthetic turf in an arena that will seat ah-thousand people, which will be home to more than just Jacks athletics.
If we decided to host 9 man football playoffs and host track meets, high school meets," said Sell.
The 164-thousand square feet building is only the first of three modernized facilities catering to the student athletes.
“The indoor practice and human performance is first. The football stadium is next. Then comes the upgrade of Frost arena," said Chicoine.
A project that all started with a vision, that may help SDSU complete an even bigger one.
"It's great for our student athletes to train on and compete so we can become All-American's, national champions, and this building allows us to do that,” said Sell.
The school started fundraising and receiving donations in August of last year. So far, with more than 400 donors, they've raised $30Million for the facility.