The Challenge

To be more competitive in the Division I Missouri Valley Football Conference, increase revenue and attract top recruits, South Dakota State University officials knew their 51-year-old stadium needed to be replaced.

The Solution

Over the course of two off seasons, a new $65 million stadium was designed and constructed on the site of the old Coughlin-Alumni Stadium. Crawford Architects created a facility that brings the tailgate party inside for a one-of-a-kind game day experience. This was accomplished through the creation of many social gathering areas throughout the stadium. The facility features eight executive suites, 19 community suites and suites for the athletic director and university president. The glass-enclosed suites foster interaction among suite holders to build a sense of community, make new connections and establish new traditions. The spacious and dramatic Club 71 accommodates 1,500 occupants and generates income through year-round use. It features remarkable craftsmanship, sweeping campus views, and a high ceiling that reflects the prairie sky.

Results

The Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium is a product of hard work, determination and belief that building for current needs and future possibilities will continue to benefit students, athletes and the broader community for generations to come. A foundation for new traditions and a legacy for Jackrabbit athletics has been created. The stadium sets the tone for new stadiums in intercollegiate athletics.