NSU Regional Sports Complex selected as finalist for national award

View of packed Dacotah Bank Stadium during a football game

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University’s new Regional Sports Complex has been selected as a finalist for a national architectural design award.

The Regional Sports Complex, which includes Dacotah Bank Stadium and Koehler Hall of Fame Field, is featured in Athletic Business magazine’s 35th Annual Architectural Showcase.

The sports complex is one of 52 finalists of athletics, fitness and recreation facilities—all of which were constructed within the past three years, said Kody Schochenmaier of CO-OP Architecture, which designed the facility along with DLR Group.

The finalists are all featured in the current issue of  Athletic Business magazine, including photos and a narrative description of the facility. Online, the feature includes a digital component that can be viewed here.

This summer, the facilities will be judged by a panel of leading sports, fitness and recreation facility architects, Schochenmaier said. Ten winners will be selected and announced in the magazine’s October 2022 issue, with awards presented at the Athletic Business National Show, set for Nov. 16-19 in Orlando, Fla.

This isn’t the first accolade for Northern’s newest athletic facility.

“This would be a second award nomination for the NSU Regional Sports Complex,” Schochenmaier said. “In September of 2021, CO-OP Architecture took home the South Dakota Society of the American Institute of Architects ‘Merit Award in Architecture’ for the NSU Regional Sports Complex project.”  

Other buildings on the NSU campus have been recognized in the past as well. In 2020, the Athletic and Recreation Fields Pavilion, also designed by CO-OP, won a 2019 AIA South Dakota Merit Award. Also, the Jewett Regional Science Education Center, designed by TSP Inc., won the People’s Choice Award.

The NSU Regional Sports Complex opened in fall 2021 with the inaugural Wolves football game at Dacotah Bank Stadium. For details and season ticket information, visit NSU Wolves.

About Northern State University

Northern State University is a student-centered institution that provides an outstanding educational experience, preparing students through the liberal arts and professional education for their future endeavors. A regional university, Northern offers rigorous academics; diverse civic, social and cultural opportunities; and a commitment to building an inclusive environment for all points of view. Northern also offers a broad-based athletics program, sponsoring 15 NCAA Division II intercollegiate varsity sports that compete in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NSIC). The university strives to enrich the community through partnerships such as its Educational Impact Campaign, which opened a new South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired; new athletic and recreation fields; and an on-campus regional sports complex. With the $55 million campaign, NSU has been the recipient of more than $150 million in privately funded building projects and scholarships within a decade. To learn more, visit NSU Admissions.