The Dykhouse Student-Athlete Center

The South Dakota State University football team moved into new headquarters following the completion of the Dykhouse Student-Athlete Center in the north end zone of Coughlin-Alumni Stadium prior to the start of the 2010 season.

“The Dykhouse Student-Athlete Center is the home of all of SDSU Football — past and present,” head coach John Stiegelmeier said. “Our present players benefit from having everything they need in one location. Our past players benefit as this facility holds the records of their past. Bottom line, the DSAC is a first-class facility for a first-class football program.” 

Construction on the Dykhouse Student-Athlete Center began in the fall of 2008 and marks the first stage of a master plan to dramatically modernize athletic facilities at SDSU. 

The $6 million donated by Sioux Falls bankers Dana Dykhouse and T. Denny Sanford in the fall of 2007 set in motion the construction of the first major athletic building on campus since Frost Arena in 1973. 

Dana Dykhouse is a 1979 graduate of South Dakota State University. A three-year letter winner on the Jackrabbit football team, Dykhouse was an honorable mention all-conference defensive tackle in 1978. His wife, LaDawn, also is a 1979 graduate of SDSU. They have two children, Dan and Alana. Dan lettered in football for the Jackrabbits from 2004-06.

The building spans nearly 30,000 square feet and was built of brick, precast concrete, and glass. 

Facing the football field, the second floor features an outdoor deck and the Chicoine Champions Room, offering panoramic views of the stadium and game-day action below for athletic department donors of a certain level and special guests. Members of the football coaching staff also use the area for recruiting functions.

Each of the coaches’ offices in the building contains windows offering views onto the field. The building’s interior includes state-of-the-art technology with rooms for editing and viewing game film, and walls are decorated with artworks highlighting great moments in SDSU sports history. 

The Dykhouse Student-Athlete Center also houses an academic center equipped with study areas, computers, tutors and other educational aids for all SDSU teams.   

Besides housing a locker room for the Jackrabbit football team, a well-equipped weight room for strength and conditioning is a welcomed component of the facility. Athletic training and rehabilitation areas also are located in the Dykhouse Student-Athlete Center. 

The building was designed to allow for expansion to include coaches’ offices and meeting rooms for other Jackrabbit sports teams in the future.


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Dykhouse Center Photo Galleries

Groundbreaking (09-13-08)
Construction (03-18-09)
Construction (07-01-09)
Construction (07-14-09)
Constructino (08-03-09)