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.
Frost Arena is widely regarded as the finest facility with the best athletics atmosphere in the state. It was the site of the 2003 NCAA Division II North Central Regional women's basketball tournament. Postseason basketball returned to Frost Arena in 2014 as four rounds of the Women's NIT were played in front of capacity crowds.
The facility, part of the Stanley J. Marshall HPER Center, now seats 6,100 fans for basketball. Over the years Frost Arena has gone through many changes. Most notably was the $3 million Daktronics scoreboard project, which included a four-sided scoreboard that hangs over mid-court with four Prostar video screens measuring 12 feet by 7 feet, two ProAd displays along the baseline measuring 60 feet long by 4 feet high and a new full-color digital ProTable scorers table.
A seating project was also completed which moved the students from the south bleachers to the east and west bleachers behind each basket, which created a new feel and is much louder, which plays into the homecourt advantage.
Other projects have included new chairback seating for season ticket holders, repainting the floor, and adding an $80,000 sound system to the arena. While the arena has gone through many changes, the women's basketball team has continued to excel on their home floor.
History Of Frost Arena
Reuben B. “Jack” Frost was born in Sheyenne, N.D., 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 in Minnesota. 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 University 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.
Bids totaling $3,374,115 were let for the facility following legislative approval of the project with the bill signed by Governor Frank Farrar February 14, 1970. Ground was broken Sept. 22, 1970. Governor Richard Kneip placed the cornerstone 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 February 2, 1973. In 1994, the one-millionth fan passed through the Frost Arena turnstiles.
The Jackrabbit women's basketball program has a team room and a lounge, which opened up in 2008. Both spaces have been great additions and have given the team a space to form bonds and help create champions on and off the court.
The team room is known as the x's and o's room. It is used on a daily basis around practice and game time. This room is where game preparation and team development happens.
In the team room, players review film, and scout other teams with the coaching staff. It is also where coaches and student-athletes meet before and after games. The room also features goal boards for the team to keep track of their goals for the year.
The lounge is known as the players space.
The lounge has a large flatscreen TV with DirecTV and a Nintendo Wii for student-athletes to use at their dispense. There is also wireless internet and computers for student-athletes to use to work on their homework or their personal use. Student-athletes can relax on one of the leather couches when they want to catch a nap before practice or class or if they are hungry they can store their lunch or snacks in the kitchen area.
As the South Dakota State University women's basketball team has grown into a championship-caliber team at the Division I level, so have their facilities.
The team had a new locker room built during the 2007-08 season. Only the women's basketball team has access to their locker room, giving them space and privacy.
Each student-athlete is able to add their own personal touch to their locker. The equipment manager takes care of the team and the locker room everyday, which includes cleaning the gear, hanging the uniforms and making sure that the Jacks are ready to perform their best at all times.
Every student-athlete has a picture on their locker, name plate and a Jackrabbit stool. Inside each locker lists the names of all the previous Jackrabbits that once held that space. It is a great way to remember all the former student-athletes who helped build the program to where it is today.
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-plus student-athletes. The strength and conditioning staff accomplishs 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 strength and conditioning staff hopes 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: Dykhouse Athletic Training Room and the HPER Athletic Training Room.
The Dykhouse Athletic Training Room will house cutting-edge modalities, rehab equipment and hydrotherapy facility attached to the Sanford-Jackrabbit Athletic Complex.
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-tthlete experience.
Jackrabbits Sports Medicine Staff is comprised of individuals from all geographical areas of the nation as well as many diverse settings; from high school to hospital to Division I, II and III athletics as well as the professional level.