Dakota Days Event Dedicates New Sports Center and Marks 20 Years of Leadership

Image 2015 D-Days Parade USD students at the 2015 Dakota Days Parade.

VERMILLION, S.D. -- This year’s Dakota Days homecoming at the University of South Dakota will include the dedication of the new Sanford Coyote Sports Center (SCSC) along with a celebration of the past 20 years of progress under President James W. Abbott.

On Friday, Oct. 7, the USD women's volleyball team will take on IUPUI at 5:30 p.m. in the new arena. Dedication of the SCSC will be held on the court between the second and third volleyball sets, honoring major contributors to the $66 million project.

USD alumni and friends are encouraged to attend the volleyball game. A cocktail reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the SCSC, and tours of the new building will be available. At the conclusion of the volleyball game a short program will highlight the past two decades of progress at USD, and look to the future. Please register online for the reception and celebration.

Dakota Days events planned for the week for students, alumni and friends:

  • Sunday, Oct. 2 -- 2 p.m. at Muenster University Center Ballroom, carnival and yard games, bingo with Coyote gear prizes, photo booth and more;
  • Monday, Oct. 3 -- 8 p.m. at Aalfs Auditorium, comedian Jamie Lee;
  • Tuesday, Oct. 4 -- 7 p.m. at Aalfs Auditorium, Yotes Got Talent and the revealing of D-Days royalty;
  • Wednesday, Oct. 5 -- Vermtown Bash downtown: 5-8 p.m., street fair featuring a photo booth, inflatables, carnival, yard games and snacks; 9-11 p.m., street dance;
  • Thursday, Oct. 6 -- 5:30 p.m. at the Wellness Center, 5K Fun Run/Walk in partnership with Hy-Vee (first 100 participants receive a free T-shirt);
  • Friday, Oct. 7 -- 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at MUC faculty lounge, alumni welcome table; 3 p.m. at First Bank & Trust Soccer Complex, soccer vs. North Dakota State; 4:30 p.m. at Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts, marching band reunion; 5 p.m. outside the DakotaDome, pep rally; 5 p.m. at the DakotaDome, swim meet vs. Minnesota State; 5:30 p.m. at SCSC, volleyball vs. IUPUI (tickets are free) and formal dedication of the SCSC; 6:30 p.m. at SCSC, Alumni Association University Celebration; 6:30 p.m. at the Wellness Center, zumba party; 7:30 p.m. at Wayne S. Knutson Theatre, “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” play;
  • Saturday, Oct. 8 -- 9 a.m. on Main Street, Dakota Days parade; 10 a.m. at DakotaDome, tailgating; 2 p.m. at DakotaDome, Coyote football vs. UNI; coronation of Miss and Mr. Dakota at halftime; 6 p.m. at SCSC, volleyball vs. Fort Wayne (admission free with football ticket); 7:30 p.m. at Wayne S. Knutson Theatre, “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” play;
  • Sunday, Oct. 9 -- 2 p.m. at Aalfs Auditorium, USD Chamber Singers.

See the full schedule for students.

View the full schedule and registration details for alumni.

Buy athletic tickets and see details of the events.

Download a photo from the 2015 Dakota Days Parade.

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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.

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