The DakotaDome has been the epicenter of USD Coyote athletics since it opened in 1979. Over time, that has caused some overcrowding and scheduling problems.
"As we look to the future, we can see that we need something that will have more space, and will allow us to schedule more home games." says athletic director David Herbster.
Which is why USD is on the verge of building a new home for Coyote basketball and volleyball attached to the Dome, which will be a benefit to students as well.
"It'll be a six-thousand seat arena for our basketball and volleyball teams, but it was also be the home for all our excersise science and physical therapy programs." says Herbster.
And that's not all, outdoor facilityes will also be added.
"We'll also have a 400-meter track, along with two additional soccer fields and two practice football fields." says Herbster.
About 50-million dollars has been raised for the almost 70-million dollar project. Once those funds are there, the dirt will start flying.
"While my first goal was to have a shovel in the ground this fall, we need to build it right since this will be a facility for the next 30-years. I could see us starting construction in the spring as our starting process." says Herbster.