Construction crews are busy at South Dakota State University.
A $30 million indoor athletic facility is going up and plans for a more than $60 million stadium to replace the Coughlin-Alumni facility are nearing full approval.
With a recent rise in program success comes a rise in new projects at the home of the Jackrabbits. It's progress you can see as soon as you set foot on campus.
"I've been excited about it for about three years, as we really put the master plan together in terms of facilities and to dream and to think about. This program has done so many good things. Our student-athletes do so well in the classroom. We're winning some games. We're making some NCAA tournaments. We just had some older facilities," SDSU Athletic Director Justin Sell said.
The indoor facility will open this fall. Until then, Sell is focused on his next project, replacing an aging Coughlin-Alumni Stadium. He answered questions from the public at a town hall meeting on Monday and will do the same on Wednesday. Sell also unveiled some new renderings of what the new facility will look like.
"When you see those pictures and then you start to see them come out of the ground, it gets really exciting. You can envision what game day experience is going to be like," Sell said.
If the legislature gives SDSU final approval, construction could begin as soon as this summer. That approval could come in February. If it does, the new stadium would be fully complete and ready for the 2016 opener.
"Hope to finish half the building by the fall of 2015 and the rest of it by the fall of 2016 which will allow us to play in Coughlin-Alumni stadium during construction," Sell said.
Once it's complete, Sell hopes the Jackrabbits' success continues in the new stadium.
A second town hall meeting is scheduled for Wednesday at 5 p.m. at the McCrory Gardens Education and Visitor Center in Brookings.