Coughlin-Alumni Stadium is in its 51stseason as home of the Jackrabbits. In the quest to maintain it as one of the top outdoor football facilities in the Upper Midwest, Coughlin-Alumni Stadium has undergone major changes during recent years. A new scoreboard was installed in the south end zone prior to the 2005 season. The scoreboard, which was manufactured by Brookings based Daktronics, measures approximately 121 feet wide by 56 feet high and features a large full-color ProStar® video replay screen in the center with additional statistical and advertising panels.
Each game-day production features live game action, instant replays, real-time statistics, full motion graphics, interactive contests and games, commercial spots and special features from around the entire campus. The football scoreboard was part of a $3 million upgrade to scoreboard display systems and signage at SDSU athletic facilities.
Through the first 48 years of operation, there have been 261 games against 64 different opponents at Coughlin-Alumni Stadium, with SDSU holding a 162-99 record on its home field, and a 18-6 mark on night games at CAS.
Since moving to the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision in 2004, the Jackrabbits have posted a 29-8 mark at CAS. SDSU set a single-season attendance record during the 2009 campaign as an average of 13,265 fans attended each of the Jackrabbits’ five home games. The Jackrabbits have performed well in front of large crowds, winning 8 of the 10 most-attended games.
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. 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.
The building spans nearly 30,000 square feet and was built of brick, precast concrete, and glass. 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 new 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.
South Dakota State University officials announced in August 2012 lead gifts totaling $18 million toward the building of an Indoor Practice and Human Performance Athletic Facility.
The planned facility, which is projected to cost between $24 million and $28 million would include an eight-lane, 300-meter track and 100 yards of synthetic turf, along with space for sports medicine, athletic training, strength and conditioning, physical therapy, hydrotherapy, observation rooms and office facilities. Pending successful fundraising efforts, along with Board of Regents and legislative approval, construction of the facility could begin in the spring of 2013 with completion targeted for the summer of 2014.
According to Director of Athletics Justin Sell, the facility supports the athletic department's mission to develop lifelong champions and will have a positive impact on the university for decades to come.
"The Indoor Practice and Human Performance Facility will have the greatest impact on our student-athletes. It is a game-changing opportunity to build a facility that will benefit the university for the next 50 years," Sell said. "The demands put on student-athletes today create the need for high-quality practice and support facilities that allow our student-athletes the opportunity to compete and excel at the highest levels."
The South Dakota State University Strength and Conditioning Department strives to enhance the athletic development of our 500+ student-athletes. We strive to accomplish this goal through the integration of performance variables that meet the demands of each individual sport.
These performance variables include mobility, strength, flexibility, power, linear and lateral speed; as well as developing the necessary energy systems to compete at the highest level. Through the enhancement of these performance variables we hope to decrease the incident of injury and ensure the durability of our student-athletes.
The SDSU Strength & Conditioning Staff accomplishes these goals through the use of the Dykhouse Student-Athlete Center Weight Room and Frost Arena Student-Athlete Weight Room. Both of these facilities include a variety of training equipment ranging from Olympic lifting platforms and power racks to stability balls and cable machines.
The convenience that the two student-athlete weight rooms provide ensures that we are able to accommodate all 21 sports. In addition, the two student-athlete weight rooms, allow us to provide the best training environment for each individual sport and athlete.
The Jackrabbit football locker room features 110-wood lockers. Each locker has a safe for each football player to store their personal belongings. The locker room is for football players only and is able for their use year round.
Five hundred Jackrabbit student-athletes, in 21 sports, attain sports medicine services from two facilities: HPER Athletic Training Room and Dykhouse Athletic Training Room.The HPER ATR facility is the primary facility for all sports at South Dakota State University and the Dykhouse ATR serves as the primary facility for the football program.
Each Facility contains hydrotherapy areas, taping areas, specified and individualized rehab and treatment space with state of the art equipment for both specific areas.
The Jackrabbit Sports Medicine Department boasts three Team Physicians, five full time ATC’s, eight Graduate Assistant ATC’s, an Accredited Athletic Training Program (up to 40 students), Entry-level masters program, and multiple medical professionals within the community (massage therapist, chiropractor…etc).
SDSU Sports Medicine also boasts a strong relationship with the Sanford National Institute for Athletic Health and Performance with graduate research in the areas of: Youth Concussions, Concussion Injury and Depression, Motivational Rehab Techniques, Psychological Measures of Anxiety in Sports, and Student-Athlete Experience.
Jackrabbits Sports Medicine Staff is comprised of individuals from all geographical areas of the nation as well as many diverse settings; from H.S. to Hospital to Division I, II and III athletics as well as the professional level. The Sports Medicine Program is also excited to begin on a new primary athletic training room that will house cutting edge modalities, rehab equipment, and hydrotherapy facility attached to the Indoor Practice Facility.