NDSU opens $54 million football performance complex with insurance company Nodak
FARGO, ND — The North Dakota State University Athletic Department unveiled its latest massive facility upgrade on Friday, October 14, during a groundbreaking ceremony at the Nodak Insurance Company Football Performance Complex on the campus.
The total construction project cost of $54 million was privately funded, including a lead donation from Nodak Insurance Company, which obtained the naming rights.
A state-of-the-art training facility for the NDSU National Champion Football Program, the complex includes capacity for women’s soccer, men’s and women’s golf, baseball, softball, and men’s and women’s track and field programs as well affected by weather conditions throughout the year.
The completed first phase of the project included the construction of the full-size indoor training facility and the additional outdoor artificial turf training ground. The second phase will include a football locker room, team meeting room, sports equipment and training spaces, and more.
“We are extremely grateful for this gift – and for the contributions and generosity of all of you – for what it does for this facility, what it does for the institution, but ultimately what it will do for generations of student-athletes who will continue to excel because of these donations,” said NDSU President Dr. David Cook.
The facility will cover over 117,000 square feet, including the training ground, operations building and storage warehouse. It will eventually include an elevated staging area for recruiting visitors and guests, a weight room and refueling station, and a retractable netting system to accommodate multiple sports.
Seven overhead doors open from the indoor facility to the outdoor training ground to ease the transition during team practices. LED lighting systems, scoreboards and game clocks are also installed on both courts.
“I think about the impact this facility will have on (our student-athletes’) training, development and overall ability to succeed at NDSU,” said NDSU Athletic Director, Matt Larsen. “I think about the impact this facility will have on the future of Bison Athletics. There are very few Division I athletics complexes that will compete with Nodak Insurance Company’s football performance complex.”
“This building with the Nodak Insurance Company name on the side will be here beyond many of our lifetimes, providing coaches and athletes with year-round opportunity to excel in their craft,” said Jim Alexander, President and CEO of Nodak Insurance Company. “It will be a source of pride for our board of directors, our officers and employees, the community and the state.”
The complex was designed locally by Foss Architects and Interiors of Fargo, in collaboration with Crawford Architects of Kansas City.
Over the past decade, NDSU has opened new on-campus competition venues for basketball, wrestling, softball, indoor track and field, and major facility upgrades for volleyball. at Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse and football at Dacotah Field. Other new training facilities include the Nodak Insurance Company basketball performance center and indoor short game golf facility, as well as state-of-the-art strength and conditioning and sports medicine equipment at the Sanford Health Athletic Complex, which opened in 2016.
In total, the NDSU athletics facility overhaul has totaled $110 million in projects over the past decade.