The Sanford Health brand will go further than the Sioux Falls Events Center after a $20 million donation to the University of South Dakota.
According to a news release from the University of South Dakota, the Sanford Health-USD relationship will continue for another 20 years through a transformation of USD athletic facilities and support for faculty and student scholarships.
Sanford Health's gift will be used to help build a 6,000-seat basketball and volleyball arena. The project serves as the cornerstone for a $70 million project to change the face of USD. In addition to the arena, the university plans to include a track & field and soccer complex, football and basketball practice facilities and DakotaDome renovations.
The donation is also expected to support scholarships, faculty and the University's health services program. It will help with the addition of classrooms and office space for USD's Kinesiology and Sports Science Department, a weight room, athletic offices and a sports medicine area to be housed in the building between the DakotaDome and arena.
USD Athletic Director David Sayler said the project will resemble a true Division I athletic complex.
"This transformational gift brings us closer to completing some very critical facility needs that will positively impact our athletes, coaches, fans and staff for years to come," Sayler said in a news release. "We are excited to continue our long-term partnership with Sanford Health and are prepared to take it to the next level."
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