South Dakota State University plays its home basketball and volleyball games and wrestling matches in Frost Arena, named after former SDSU coach and athletic director R.B. "Jack" Frost.
The facility, part of the Stanley J. Marshall HPER Center, now seats 6,500 fans for basketball. The SDSU-Augustana game on February 11, 1989, attracted an arena record 9,456 fans, a record which may never be broken since the new chair-back courtside seating, added before the 1992-93 season, eliminated nearly 500 seats from the arena total. Additional seating improvements have further reduced capacity.
The improved seating is just the one in a series of changes which include adding scoreboards at each end of the floor to complement the main scoreboard hanging over mid-court, incorporating a colorful scorer's bench at courtside, repainting the floor, and adding an $80,000 sound system to the arena.
Bids totaling $3,374,115 were let for the facility following legislative approval of the project with the bill signed by Governor Frank Farrar on February 14, 1970. Ground was broken Sept. 22, 1970. Governor Richard Kneip placed the cornerstone on October 2, 1971. Final cost of the building totaled $3,685,000, with the difference made up by gifts and items donated later.
The Jackrabbits played their first game in Frost Arena on February 2, 1973. In 1994, the one-millionth fan passed through the Frost Arena turnstiles.
Reuben B. “Jack” Frost was born in Sheyenne, North Dakota, April 26, 1907, and graduated from Spring Grove, Minn., High School in 1923. He attend Luther College (Iowa) from 1924 to 1928, and received his Ph.D in Physical Education from the University of Oregon in 1958.
He was named Athletic Director, and professor and head of the Department of Physical Education in June 1947, and served until assuming a distinguished professorship at Springfield (Mass.) College in 1960. At Springfield, he occupied the only endowed chair for physical education in the nation.
His coaching career began in 1928 at Glenwood, Minn., High School and later at Fergus Falls, Minn. In 1935, he became athletic director and coach at Bemidji State College.
Dr. Frost established the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Graduate program at South Dakota State Univeristy in 1951.
He was an international leader in recreation, health and physical education. Among other international assignments, he was this nation's representative at the Fifth Session of the International Olympic Academy at Greece in 1965.
An author, teacher, coach and administrator, Dr. Frost's influence on this university remains today. He mentored Dr. Stanley Marshall, in whose honor the HPER Center is named.
The volleyball team room is a place where the volleyball players can go in and out as they please.The room is for volleyball players only and is used for studies, relaxation, and game preparation.
The room is split in two with one room more focused on game prep, and academics while the other is more focused on relaxation, and hanging out with other players. The room does include a kitchen for the volleyball players so they don't have carry their lunch around.
The graduate assistants office is located in the team room, so if the players need any help they can go talk with them.
The Jackrabbit locker room is only for volleyball players. With the locker room only being for volleyball players only, the players can feel at home. The locker room was rennovated within the past five years, competing with other locker rooms in the midwest.
The players will not have to worry about their personal items while they are safe and secure in the locker room. The only access to the locker room is through a keypad entry, which the number is known only by players and staff.
The Dykhouse Student-Athlete Center houses an academic center with study areas,computers, tutors,and other educational aids for all SDSU teams. The center also includes a well-equipped weight room for strength and conditioning, in additon to athletic training and rehabilitation facilities.
The Dykhouse Student-Athlete Center opened its doors in the fall of 2010 and spans near 30,000 square feet.Dana Dykhouse, a 1979 SDSU graduate, donated $6 million to complete the construction of the center.
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.
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.