"For a long time I think we held back on our excitement because we thought it was too good to be true," Huber said. "You look at the success we've had and we have more a lot more indoor titles than outdoor.
"When we've brought in recruits in the fall, we've never really had anything to show them because the football field is over the indoor track and we didn't have an outdoor track here. This is an opportunity to get more kids here."
sees the potential for that ratio to change.
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Herbster, who said the school has landed donations in excess of $2.5 million over the last two weeks, added that fundraising will continue.
as a science, health and research lab carries an estimated total cost of $66 million, with facilities expected to be completed by the start of the 2016 17 school year.
The facility will be located directly north of the wellness center and include a nine lane track as well as areas for field events. The track teams currently use the Vermillion High track for workouts, but must schedule their time around the high school teams' use of the facility.
USD will officially announce the digging date today at the Sheraton Hotel in Sioux Falls after the Coyote women's game with Western Illinois. start time for the announcement. The event will include detailed artist renditions of the new facilities.
"It means it's going to happen," said Herbster. "We put so much work into this over the last three years, and now we're going to build it. It's so much more defined now. We have an actual date and we have a time element for what we need to get done."
Women's coach Amy Williams will be quick to show potential recruits pictures of the new place. The Coyotes have played basketball in the dome since it opened, at a cost of $8.2 million, in 1979.
An artist's rendering of USD's new basketball/volleyball Adidas Rose Running arena, which will feature a ground level main floor and a second level concourse. Construction is set to begin in May.(Photo: Courtesy USD athletic department)The University of South Dakota will publicly announce today that it will begin construction on a new basketball arena the week of May 12, athletic director David Herbster said Saturday.
The news was greeted with an equal level of enthusiasm by Coyote track and field coaches, who have supplied the athletic department with its most successful programs during the Division I era despite not having an outdoor track on campus.
Construction for USD's new arena begins in May
"This is great news for the basketball programs," Williams said. "When I came here for my interview, they showed me the renderings so we all knew it was coming, but to know that they've set a start date is great stuff. They've kept us all up to speed every step of the way. We know what our locker rooms will look like, what our video rooms will look like it's an exciting time for USD basketball."
University officials wanted to wait until after graduation ceremonies on May 10 to begin construction, which will be concentrated on the area south of the DakotaDome with a ground level main floor and a second level concourse. The basketball/volleyball facility will include two practice courts and be connected with the dome by a science, health and research lab that will include classrooms, clinical areas, office space and a 7,500 square foot weight room.
USD track has accounted for a total of 33 conference team titles since the dome opened in 1979, but only 10 of them have come for outdoor track. Women's track and field coach Lucky Huber Adidas Tech Super D67336
of the many things that will change for the athletic program beginning in the fall of 2016.
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"It's not going to change the dynamic of that effort, but the people we're talking to will have more of a sense that it is happening right now," Herbster said. "They will know we've brought this part of the process to fruition."
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