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New NDSU Basketball Training Facility Named

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North Dakota State University announced on Tuesday the name for the new basketball facility inside the Sanford Health Athletic Complex.  It will be called the Nodak Mutual Insurance Company Basketball Training Facility, in recognition of a $2 million gift made in the early stages of NDSU's "Building the Competitive Edge" campaign.

Once completed, several areas will make up the Sanford Health Athletic Complex. Scheels Center will seat more than 5,700 fans for basketball, and the Nodak Mutual Insurance Company Basketball Training Facility will feature two courts on the southwest corner of the existing structure.

The west-side addition and renovations will house human performance facilities, including strength and conditioning, sports medicine and rehabilitation areas, and an academic center for student-athletes. The newly built Shelly Ellig Indoor Track and Field Facility opened for training and competition in December 2012.

Nodak Mutual Insurance CEO Jim Alexander responded to the naming on GoBison.com. "As a North Dakota company, we are honored to be part of building one of the premier athletic facilities in the upper Midwest," Alexander said.  "Nodak Mutual Insurance Company was founded almost 70 years ago to help farmers and ranchers across North Dakota, so our partnership with NDSU – whose roots are also deep in agriculture – is a natural fit."
The expansion and renovation of existing Bison Sports Arena will transform the facility and the surrounding area, known as the Sanford Health Athletic Complex, into a true Division I athletic complex reflecting the new NDSU. Additionally, it will serve as the "front door" venue welcoming student-athletes and campus guests with the Bison Athletic Hall of Fame, Hall of Champions and various fan services and facilities.

"We are extremely grateful for the very generous gift to our project from Nodak Mutual," said NDSU athletic director Gene Taylor. "Our great relationship has spanned several years and we are very excited to have them so prominent in this critical project."
"Nodak Mutual's gift to this exciting facility is a contribution not just to NDSU but also the local and statewide communities who will benefit from it," said NDSU president Dean Bresciani.  "Nodak Mutual has joined a growing number of firms who understand that our success at NDSU is a catalyst for the success of our entire state."


It's been years in the making and today, plans to renovate the Bison Sports Arena got the final go-ahead from state lawmakers. The plan was passed by a unanimous vote from the budget section of the state legislature.

NDSU Athletic Director Gene Taylor tells Valley News Live that major work could begin as soon as this spring on the $41 million upgrade.

The renovation includes a 5,700 seat basketball arena, new locker room, weight room, and basketball practice facility.

The BSA opened in 1971 and this would be the first major renovation to the building.

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