SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Sanford Sports Complex has broken ground on 18 new outdoor turf fields that will promote community health and improve access to sports opportunities for youth of all ages, interests and abilities in Sioux Falls and surrounding communities.
The fields, which will all have lights, will host baseball, softball, soccer, lacrosse and other activities starting in 2022. They are located south of Benson Road and adjacent to Great Shots. Mammoth Sports Construction will be spearheading the 173-acre expansion that includes nearly 1.7 million square-feet of turf, making it the biggest turf field project in the United States.
Sanford Health expects approximately one million new visitors over five years will participate in tournaments, sports training programs and youth and adult league games, driving significant economic activity for the region.
“This is a landmark day for children in our communities who are simply looking for a chance to play,” said Steve Young, president of the Sanford Sports Complex. “We will now be able to provide year-round programming and opportunities on our campus that will allow more athletes and their families to experience the positive and foundational growth sports offers.”
The additions to the Sports Complex are made possible thanks to a $300 million gift from Denny Sanford that was announced in March. The gift also includes building a virtual hospital of the future and a significant expansion of graduate medical education.