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USD breaks ground on new sports complex

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Gov. Dennis Daugaard joined top donors and University of South Dakota officials as USD broke ground Tuesday for the $66 million Sports Complex. Gov. Dennis Daugaard joined top donors and University of South Dakota officials as USD broke ground Tuesday for the $66 million Sports Complex.
VERMILLION, SD - Gov. Dennis Daugaard joined top donors and University of South Dakota officials as USD broke ground Tuesday for the $66 million Sports Performance Enhancement Facility Complex; Science, Health and Research Lab, and an Outdoor Track and Soccer Complex project.

The Complex will feature a main competition basketball court surrounded by 6,000 spectator seats. The Lab will accommodate occupational therapy, physical therapy, kinesiology and sports sciences, and sports medicine programs. A nine-lane, NCAA certified outdoor track and two soccer fields – one for practice and one for competition – will sit directly north of the USD Wellness Center.

"It's what everybody was thinking about when they planned the DakotaDome," said USD President James Abbott. "It's the first step in first-class athletic facilities. I'm very pleased that we're moving towards that goal."

"This new facility will really give USD the opportunity to bring it's fans right down to where the action is," said South Dakota Governor Dennis Duagaard. "I know it's going to be great for the kids, great for the fans, great for the alumni and great for South Dakota."

The project is expected to be complete before Fall 2016. Competition could begin at the new Soccer Complex as early as Fall 2015. The Coyotes plan to host the 2016 Summit League Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the new facility.
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