Coyote Fans Invited to Arena Open House

Image Sanford Coyote Sports Center Arena The basketball and volleyball arena in the USD Sanford Coyote Sports Center, which opens to the public for the first time Tuesday.

VERMILLION, S.D. -- University of South Dakota faculty and staff, USD supporters and Vermillion residents get their first peek at the new Sanford Coyote Sports Center on Tuesday.

An open house will be held Aug. 30 to coincide with the first athletic event at the new basketball and volleyball arena. Doors open at 6 p.m. with $1 tickets and free T-shirts for community members. Everyone will be able to tour the new new 6,000-seat arena, training facility and laboratory, and then watch the Coyotes take on North Dakota in volleyball starting at 7 p.m.

Students had the chance to see the new addition to the DakotaDome at YoteFest. The annual USD faculty and staff picnic, hosted by President James W. Abbott, will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, at the arena. And several special events are planned for alumni in the SCSC during Dakota Days in October.

The $66 million project was made possible by The University of South Dakota Foundation’s Onward campaign, which has raised more than $214 million toward a seven-year $250 million goal. The campaign, launched in 2012, has four campaign pillars: scholarships; student and faculty enrichment through research, conferences and travel abroad; endowments for professors and department chairs; and facilities enhancements for athletics and health sciences, the National Music Museum, and the schools of law and fine arts.

Details of the Sanford Coyote Sports Center.

Details of the Onward campaign.

Download a photo of the USD Sanford Coyote Sports Center arena.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Michael Ewald
USD News