Combat Wounded Veteran Parking Now Available at DakotaDome

Photo of Wounded Veteran Parking spot. Combat wounded veteran parking is now available at the DakotaDome.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Combat wounded veterans will now have access to special parking at the University of South Dakota DakotaDome making it easier to attend sporting and university events.

The idea came from conversations retired professor and U.S. military veteran Steve Fiemer had with other veterans about the struggle finding parking to attend USD games. “I thought it was a small way to recognize their sacrifice,” Fiemer said.

Fiemer credits Gene Murphy, director of the South Dakota Disabled American Veterans for providing the signs. He believes USD is the only institution in the state with designated parking for wounded veterans.

The two signs are located between the DakotaDome and Sanford Coyotes Sports Center main entrances. ADA Disabled Parking is also available to those with permits.


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