The sports complex is being constructed on the southeast edge of campus, attached to the existing Barnett Center, at the site of the former South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired building – which moved into a brand new building earlier this year.
Once completed, the sports complex will make campus one contiguous space, stretching from the new Harvey C. Jewett IV Regional Science Education Center to the stadium and softball field – essentially from 12th to 17th avenues.
The new facility, which is set to open in fall 2021, will greatly enhance the on-campus student experience – students will be able to walk to a game rather than drive – as well as enhancing the fan experience. Features will include a designated tailgating lot; family-oriented activities such as bean bag tournaments and bounce castles; and seating closer to the action.
Attached to the south side of the BC, there will be a multipurpose champion’s club on the second floor. This space, designed to seat more than 350 people, can be used for events such as seated meals during game days, wedding receptions, and the annual NSU Honors Breakfast.
For more information about campus improvement projects, visit NSU Master Plan.
The NSU Regional Sports Complex is one of three projects of the Educational Impact Campaign, a collaborative effort between Northern and the South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
Fundraising is ongoing for the $55 million campaign, and has now moved beyond $50 million. NSU President Dr. Tim Downs said he’s thrilled that the campaign has reached this milestone.
“I see this as yet another sign of the positive momentum we have here on the Northern campus,” Downs said. “We still have work to do, and I appreciate the efforts of everyone involved in the campaign as we enter this homestretch.”
The campaign also includes a brand new SDSBVI facility, which opened in January 2020; as well as the completed Athletic and Recreation Fields, which includes a soccer competition field, a football practice field and a pavilion between the two.
“This is such a game-changing time for Aberdeen and Northern,” said Jim Thares, South Dakota Board of Regents member and co-chair of the Educational Impact Campaign. “I cannot thank our community, alumni and donors enough for what they’ve done for Northern State University.”