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Bison Sports Arena

Courtesy: NDSU Athletic Media Relations
Release: April 19, 2013
Dedicated as the "Field House and Physical Education Classroom Building" in October 1970, the Bison Sports Arena was built at an initial cost of $3.1 million, including $1.75 million in state-appropriated funds.  It was the longtime home of intramural activites and physical education in addition to varsity athletics.

Today the Bison Sports Arena is still home to NDSU men's and women's basketball and wrestling.  It is a popular venue for high school basketball championships and also hosts the university's winter commencement exercises.  President George W. Bush spoke at the BSA in March 2001 and February 2005.

The main floor space features the game-day basketball court, three full-size auxiliary courts, two batting cages for baseball/softball, and a 200-meter running track with six lanes.  The arena hosted 12 NCAA Division II championships - five in women's basketball, three in track and field, three in wrestling, and one in volleyball. 

Estimated crowds of more than 8,000 fans packed the BSA for college basketball in decades past, but its current seating configuration is for 5,830 spectators, including chairback seats for 1,851 on the upper level.  The building has 150,639 square feet of space divided over three levels altogether.

Offices, locker rooms, a classroom, meeting room and the athletic training space are located on the main floor. The second level includes the Bison Athletic Hall of Fame display, an extensive weight training facility, and the McCormick Wrestling Complex, which offers 6,300 square feet of space with cardiovascular training equipment and a team lounge.

Recent upgrades include the October 2004 installation of a three-year old basketball floor purchased from Kansas State University, and the December 2005 installation of new Daktronics scoring and timing equipment with video boards at center court and each endline, digital media tables, and three-sided shot clocks.

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Fargo, ND 58102

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