The DakotaDome is a 10,000-seat multi-purpose stadium on N. Dakota Street in Vermillion, South Dakota. Opened in 1979 for a cost of $8.2 million, it is home to the University of South Dakota Coyotes for numerous athletic events, including football, men's and women's swimming and diving, and track.[1] The DakotaDome was also the home site for the NAIA school Briar Cliff University football team from 2013 until 2017, when they re-located 25 miles to the southeast to Sioux City, Iowa, which is where their campus is located. The DakotaDome hosts other events throughout the year, including the South Dakota high school football championships each November. In 2014 a proposal for a new basketball arena went through and construction began just south of the Dome. The new arena, the Sanford Coyote Sports Center, which seats 6,000, first opened for the 2016 women's volleyball season (NCAA women's volleyball is a fall sport, preceding the college basketball season).[2][3]

The Dome
LocationVermillion, South Dakota
OwnerUniversity of South Dakota
OperatorUniversity of South Dakota
Capacity10,000 (Football and Soccer)
7,500 (Basketball)
SurfaceFootball: AstroTurf PureGrass (2012–present)
Broke ground1977
Renovated2001, 2011–2012, 2014–2016, 2019–2020 (est.)
Construction cost$8.2 million
South Dakota Coyotes football (NCAA) (1979–present)
South Dakota Coyotes men's basketball (NCAA) (1979–2016)
South Dakota Coyotes women's basketball (NCAA) (1979–2016)
SDHSAA championship football games (1979–present)
South Dakota Coyotes Swimming and Diving (NCAA) (1979–present)
South Dakota Coyotes Volleyball (NCAA) (1979–2015)
2026 FIFA World Cup

Formerly an air-supported structure, numerous roof collapses led to it being replaced by a $13.7 million steel roof in 2001. In early 2019, construction to rebuild the interior of the west side of the stadium began. The project will cost $26.3 million and is scheduled for completion in 2020.[3][4]

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  1. ^ "DakotaDome". stadiumjourney.com. Retrieved 2017-08-01.
  2. ^ "Fall 2009" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-02-10. Retrieved 2010-05-14.
  3. ^ a b 1994 Facelift. University of South Dakota Athletic Department. Retrieved February 15, 2008.
  4. ^ "USD Facilities". University of South Dakota Athletic Department. Retrieved February 15, 2008.

Coordinates: 42°47′28.05″N 96°55′39.85″W / 42.7911250°N 96.9277361°W / 42.7911250; -96.9277361