South Dakota State University President David Chicoine this week presented the university's 2025 Master Plan for Athletic Facilities to the South Dakota Board of Regents during the governing body's meeting in Rapid City.
The athletic facilities master plan provides direction and ideas, not details on individual projects. It also creates context for the location and purpose of new or upgraded athletic facilities in the northeast part of the SDSU campus, the functional area for intercollegiate athletics defined in the university's 2025 Facility Master Plan, updated October 2008.
"Master planning connects principles, processes and outcomes," Chicoine said. "This master plan for athletic facilities articulates the direction for a specific physical segment of the campus and how that direction and the suggested facilities comply with the principles and meet the programming goals for intercollegiate athletics."
A complete copy of the 2025 Master Plan for Athletic Facilities is available for viewing at the link above.
The principles that guided the development of the plan are:
- To provide student-athletes the best opportunity to become lifelong champions, to compete and succeed at the conference and NCAA championship level, and to achieve academic success;
- To optimize the quality of overall student-athlete experience, student-life experience, coaching and staff experience and fan experience;
- To assure financial integrity;
- To align with the university's strategic plan and the strategic goal to expand the reach of the university;
- To align with the university's 2025 Facility Master Plan; and
- To develop the intercollegiate athletics functional area in the northeast section of campus.
Crawford Architects of Kansas City, Mo., served as the consultant for the 2025 Master Plan for Athletic Facilities. Crawford staff studied current athletic facilities, identified gaps between the current facilities and the guiding principles, and provided considerations as to the types of facilities necessary for the university to comply with the plan's guiding principles.
Included in the 2025 Master Plan for Athletic Facilities is an expanded and modernized football stadium to provide students, fans and supporters a unique game-day experience. The plan also includes a multipurpose indoor practice and human performance facility with a track and state-of-the-art spaces for sports medicine, training and human performance, and rehabilitation.
Other potential new facilities include an indoor and outdoor golf practice facility for the men's and women's programs, a multifield competition and practice facility for women's soccer, a competition-caliber aquatics facility to be shared with students and the Brookings community, and a multicourt practice facility for basketball and volleyball that also will be used as a competition venue for volleyball and wrestling.
Facility upgrades identified in the plan include permanent seating and press boxes for softball and baseball stadiums, realignment of the current football practice area to include three fields, updates to modernize Frost Arena, expansion of the wrestling practice facility to also include team support areas, and updates to the current athletics offices and administration support space in the Stanley J. Marshall building.
The 2025 Master Plan for Athletic Facilities also includes two projects outside the intercollegiate athletics functional area in the northeast section of campus. A tennis competition and practice facility would most likely be developed at an off-campus site in collaboration with the Brookings community, while future expansion of the Nathelle and Lawrence DeHaan Equestrian Center north of the Highway 14 bypass will include a stall barn, outdoor riding arena, viewing rooms and support facilities for both coaches and student-athletes.
Plans for new intramural fields will be developed as the 2025 Master Plan for Athletic Facilities is implemented.
About South Dakota State University
Founded in 1881, South Dakota State University is the state's Morrill Act land-grant institution as well as its largest, most comprehensive school of higher education. SDSU confers degrees from seven different colleges representing more than 200 majors, minors and options. The institution also offers 23 master's degree programs and 12 Ph.D. programs.
The work of the university is carried out on a residential campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre and Rapid City, and through Cooperative Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across the state.