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USD Students Celebrate New Arena With YoteFest

Student YoteFest Scheduled for Aug. 21 with Community Celebration on Aug. 30

Sanford Coyote Sports Center arena USD Students and the Vermillion community will celebrate the opening of the new Sanford Coyote Sports Center arena, Aug. 21 and 30.

VERMILLION – New and returning University of South Dakota students will be the first audience inside the Sanford Coyote Sports Center on Sunday night, Aug. 21, when they will celebrate the opening of the new 6,000-seat arena, training facility and laboratory. 

The event, called YoteFest, will give students a chance to explore the new building, enjoy free food and drink, play games and win thousands of dollars in prizes. The doors open for all students at 7 p.m.

Also this weekend, fans will get the first chance to attend soccer games at the new First Bank and Trust Soccer Complex. The Coyotes play Idaho at 4 p.m. on Friday, and USD meets North Dakota at noon on Sunday.

The SCSC celebration continues with a community open house on Tuesday, Aug. 30, when the first volleyball game will be played in the new 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 building, and then watch the Coyotes take on North Dakota in volleyball starting at 7 p.m.


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 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson 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 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News