Sanford Coyote Sports Center

USD competes at the NCAA Division 1 level and the Football Championship Subdivision. USD is a member of the Summit League and the Missouri Valley Conference.

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  • The DakotaDome is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the state of South Dakota. Built in 1979, this multi-purpose arena is home to the Coyote football and swimming and diving teams. It also hosts indoor track and field meets. Other public events include the South Dakota High School Football Championships and The Dakota Farm Show.
  • The Sanford Coyote Sports Center (men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball), Lillibridge Track Complex, and First Bank & Trust Soccer Complex were part of a $70 million project that came online in 2016.
  • The Sanford Coyote Sports Center opened just in time to host growing crowds for men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball, which formerly were played in the DakotaDome. The new, 6,000-seat arena is equipped with state-of-the-art video boards, lighting and audio equipment and offers two new accommodations for donors and VIPs, the CorTrust Club for basketball and the Dome Club for football.

Notable Accomplishments

  • South Dakota has won three team national championships including the Women’s NIT in 2015.
  • The Coyotes have won 20 conference championships in less than 10 years at the Division I level.
  • Individuals in track & field and swimming & diving have combined to win 23 national championships including two national pole vault champions at the Division I level.
  • Pole vaulters Emily Grove and Chris Nilsen represented the United States at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London. Grove was a six-time All-American and became the ninth woman to break the 15-foot barrier during her career. Nilsen was the 2017 NCAA Indoor Champion and vaulted a personal best 18-10 ¼ at the U.S. Outdoor Championships.