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What to Know About the Upcoming DakotaDome Renovations

DakotaDome Lodge and Suites The University of South Dakota athletic department created a website to address frequently asked questions about the renovations to the DakotaDome.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota athletic department has created a website addressing some of the most frequently asked questions regarding upcoming renovations to the DakotaDome. The site is and addresses the following:

  • Priorities of the project
  • When construction will begin, and the timetable for the project
  • How construction will impact home football games in 2019
  • Unique aspects of the project
  • What Coyote fans can expect in 2020 and beyond

Initial construction of the DakotaDome was completed in 1979, and the facility has served as the cornerstone of Coyote athletics ever since. It remains the home competition facility for Coyote football, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, and men’s and women’s indoor track. Coyote volleyball and men’s and women’s basketball competed inside the DakotaDome until the Sanford Coyote Sports Center opened in 2016.

“Our goal is to ensure the DakotaDome remains a cornerstone by transforming it into a championship-level facility befitting a highly competitive Division I athletics program,” said USD Director of Athletics David Herbster. “The purpose of this website is to inform our fans, students, alumni and community about the project and hopefully address any questions or concerns they may have.”

Construction on the DakotaDome renovation will begin in the middle of February.


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