The DSU Heritage Foundation unveiled the Sanford Sports Complex*, a $7 million-dollar all-weather soccer and softball facility, providing a community space for youth, high school, and collegiate sports teams to practice and compete. The complex boasts five soccer fields, four softball fields, a concession stand, and ample parking.

The Sanford Sports Complex is a partnership between Dickinson State University, Dickinson Public Schools, and Dickinson Parks & Recreation. The Dickinson community currently has more than 850 youth soccer and softball athletes. The Dickinson High School softball team, the 2021 North Dakota Class A State Champions, will also utilize the Sanford Sports Complex for their games.

“To improve the athletic experience for our student-athletes and enable the growth of youth sports in Dickinson, the Sanford Sports Complex is a great asset for our community. This will give us the ability to host conference championships and national tournaments on the softball field,” Stephen Easton, President, Dickinson State University. “Our Blue Hawk softball team deserves the opportunity to play in a first-class facility, and local youth softball and soccer teams will have a safer place to practice and play. Inviting young student-athletes onto our campus will create awareness about what Dickinson State has to offer them in the future.”

“The DSU Heritage Foundation looks forward to working with our local business community and our supporters as we continue to raise the funds needed for this project,” Ty Orton, Executive Director, DSU Heritage Foundation. “We thank Sanford and American Bank Center who have provided two of the lead gifts for this important community project.”

“We are excited to be a part of the Sanford Sports Complex that will serve athletes of all ages for years to come,” Michael LeBeau, M.D., president/CEO of the Bismarck region of Sanford Health. “We’re proud to support the communities we serve and will continue to be a part of their growth.”

*The name is pending approval. Dickinson State University has begun the process of name approval from the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education for the Sanford Sports Complex.

The DSU Heritage Foundation focuses on providing scholarships for DSU students, and long-term support for DSU programs through endowments, long-term support, and donations from Dickinson State University supporters. To date, the DSU Heritage Foundation has raised over $21 million dollars, and has awarded over $4 million dollars in scholarships. During the 2021-22 academic year, the foundation will award $1.1 million in scholarships to DSU students.
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Dickinson State University is a regional comprehensive institution within the North Dakota University System, whose primary role is to contribute to intellectual, social, economic, and cultural development, especially to Southwestern North Dakota.
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Sanford Health has more than 30 health care providers plus more than 20 visiting specialists who travel to Dickinson to keep care close to home. As the official orthopedics and sports medicine provider for Dickinson High School and Dickinson State University, Sanford athletic trainers help prevent sports-related injuries and keep athletes participating safely in sports. The Sanford Bismarck region includes central and western North Dakota, eastern Montana and northern South Dakota with 21 clinics in Bismarck-Mandan, Minot, Dickinson, and Watford City. Within Sanford Medical Center in Bismarck, Sanford provides 24-hour care for injured patients as a Level II Trauma Center and offers the highest level of nursing care as a Magnet-designated health system.
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