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 2007 as two 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 6,500 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 seven feet, two ProAd displays along the baseline measuring 60 feet long by four 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 home-court advantage.
Other projects have included new chair-back 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 men's basketball team has continued to excel on their home floor.
Future plans include adding a new basketball practice facility near the south side of Frost Arena.
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 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 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.
Located on the first floor of Frost Arena is the men's basketball team room and locker room.The basketball area is only open for members of the basketball team and coaching staff. The film room, locker room and team are all located right next to each other, which allows for easy access to each room.
The film room is mainly used for game prep and study table. The film room allows players to be able to focus on the game or their studies. The team room includes couches, a flat-screen television and a kitchen area. The players can use the team room to relax in between classes or before practice.
Each player has their own personal locker and can able to store their personal items with knowledge that their items will be safe.
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.