2015 Master Plan for Athletic Facilities

University of South Dakota
Department of Athletics
2015 Master Plan for
Athletic Facilities
University of South Dakota Department of Athletics
2015 Master Plan for Athletic Facilities
Athletic Department Mission and Philosophy
The University of South Dakota’s Intercollegiate Athletics Department, as an
integral part of the University’s educational mission, is committed to cultivating
academic and athletic excellence in student-athletes. The philosophy of the
University of South Dakota athletic department is to provide the student-athlete
with the opportunity and encouragement to achieve a degree of his or her choice
and the chance to develop athletic abilities in an environment consistent with high
standards of academic scholarship, sportsmanship, leadership and institutional
loyalty. The department strives to achieve this through the following objectives:
• Academic Integrity and Leadership: Dedication to the principles of
academic excellence, the encouragement of degree completion, the
development of the whole person and support in securing a productive
place in society for all student-athletes.
• Athletic Achievement: Dedication to maximum athletic performance.
• Fiscal Integrity: Development and maintenance of comprehensive fiscal
policies and practices to ensure control and accountability throughout
the program.
• Governance: Compliance with Federal, State, University, NCAA and
Conference regulations.
• Personal Development: Encourage all personnel and student-athletes
toward personal and professional growth.
• Quality Support: Dedication to providing the finest staff, facilities, services
and equipment to ensure that all student-athletes have the opportunity to
train and compete in a safe and supportive atmosphere.
Reclassification to NCAA Division I
As part of our planning and communication, the University’s athletics
administration crafted a “Division I Directional Statement” and coupled it with six
programmatic areas for which goals and objectives were listed. The directional
statement is as follows:
“In the transition to Division I, the University of South Dakota’s Intercollegiate
Athletics department seeks to strengthen its strong, well-recognized commitment
to the development of the complete student-athlete. Academic achievement
of every individual student-athlete and each team will be emphasized, while
striving to maintain highly competitive programs. Successful resource generation
and strategic institutional position planning are critical components of this plan.
The University and athletic program are well positioned for the challenges and
opportunities of Division I membership.”
Athletic Facilities
The University of South Dakota recognizes the DakotaDome Renovation project is
critical to continued achievement of athletic success. Although the DakotaDome
has served as a very good home for the University’s football, men’s and women’s
basketball, men’s and women’s indoor track and field, and women’s volleyball
programs over the last 30 years, it does present several challenges in recruiting and
scheduling and, ultimately, to the success of the University’s sports programs.
Several institutions have had considerable success with a dome set-up, including
the University of Northern Iowa and Northern Arizona University. However, the
trend among Division I institutions, even reclassifying institutions, is to build and/
or renovate athletic facilities dedicated specifically for certain sports. One of the
schools referenced above, Northern Iowa, in fact recently added on a basketball/
volleyball arena to their dome in recent years and it has benefited the studentathlete experience and success on the court tremendously.
Within this context, the University of South Dakota has drafted an athletics facilities
plan entitled “2015 Master Plan for Athletic Facilities,” which, if fully implemented,
will enable the University’s athletic program to provide top-tier athletic facilities
in which its student-athletes may train and compete, and to achieve its goals for
regional and national athletic success, recognition and visibility.
2015 Master Plan for Athletic Facilities
PHASE 1— Basketball/Volleyball Arena
(connected to the DakotaDome)
New ticket office
New retail shop
New Hall of Fame
Expanded coaches and press boxes
Seating capacity of 6,000
New competition court
3 practice courts
New Student-Athlete Academic Center / Computer Lab
Locker rooms for men’s and women’s basketball teams
Locker rooms for women’s volleyball team
Locker rooms for visiting teams and officials
Men’s basketball, women’s basketball and volleyball
coaches offices
New administrative offices
New athletic training room
New open ceiling weight room
14 luxury boxes/suites
Media room
6 concession stands
8 restrooms
2 meeting rooms
Additional storage space
PHASE 3a — Outdoor Track
PHASE 2 — DakotaDome Renovations
New wider and more open concourses
6 new concessions stands
8 new restrooms
Repair and replace pipes
New playing surface
Football club/plaza
Expanded football locker room
New/expanded equipment room
Additional end-zone seating
New permanent seating above current retractable
bleachers on west side of the dome
Increase seating capacity to 16,000 for football
Loge/Suite seating that is up to current standards
for revenue growth
2 KSS classrooms
6 KSS faculty offices
KSS sports science lab
KSS gym floor space in practice court area
Add some color to the outside/roof of the dome through
9-lane, 400-meter track with grass infield for field events
4 long-jump pits
4 pole vault boxes
Hammer and discus cage
Shot-put ring
2 large restrooms (shared with Soccer)
Bleachers to accommodate 1,000 spectators (shared with Soccer)
Enclosed press box with video capability (shared with Soccer)
Sound system
Video platform
PHASE 3b — Soccer Competition Field
120' X 85' competition grass field
Maintain current practice grass field
4 sets of team shelters
Pair of competition goals
2 large restrooms (shared with Outdoor Track)
1,000-seat bleacher system (shared with the Outdoor Track)
Enclosed press box with video capability (shared with Outdoor Track)
Sound system
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