Regents approve $26M plan renovation for aging DakotaDome
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A state board approved a $26 million plan to renovate the aging DakotaDome at the University of South Dakota.
The state Board of Regents unanimously passed the DakotaDome renovation plan to send to the 2018 Legislature during a meeting in Sioux Falls on Wednesday, the Argus Leader reported.
"A lot of the improvements will be in upgrades that you can't see — things like the locker rooms and offices," said David Herbster, the university's athletic director. "But there will be a lot of things you will notice, too, like the sound system, the lighting and the renovation of the seating on the west side."
Other plans include additional restrooms, concession areas and infrastructure updates. A study of the facility in 2014 determined the need to make improvements for American with Disabilities Act standards, which would require upgrading restrooms, locker rooms, meeting rooms and other spaces.
The DakotaDome opened as a multi-sport venue nearly 40 years ago. The facility received a roof replacement in 2001 but has only received minor improvements since then.
Funding for the renovation will come from three sources. The university's foundation will finance $14.5 million, and its local fund cash will cover $6.4 million. The Board of Regents' annual maintenance and repair allocation will cover $5.4 million.
The university expects to submit a request for proposal to architects by the end of the month.