SHAC: Welcome Home, Bison Nation

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The new Sanford Health Athletic Complex – SCHEELS Center has arrived.

December 11, 2013, was a historic day for North Dakota State University. On this day, the NDSU men’s basketball team became the second team in Summit League history to beat a program out of the Atlantic Coast Conference, when a 26-point performance from Marshall Bjorklund propelled the Herd to a 73-69 victory over Notre Dame. As you can imagine, the celebration inside the visitor’s locker room at Purcell Pavilion in South Bend, Indiana was pure pandemonium. But it was historic for another reason. Saul Phillips, then head coach of the Bison, had learned earlier that day the North Dakota legislature unanimously approved the renovation of the Bison Sports Arena. After years and years of waiting for something to happen while staring at blueprints of the final Division I step, former Director of Athletics Gene Taylor and former President Joe Chapman’s dream was finally realized. The Sanford Health Athletic Complex was about to become a reality. The basketball team was buzzing with excitement, too. Carlin Dupree, then a freshman, remembers it like it was yesterday. “It was something special,” said Dupree, now a senior, ready for his last season in a Bison uniform. The SHAC is opening this month marking the official end to the Division I transition. Men’s basketball, women’s basketball, wrestling, every other athletic program, and Bison Nation, welcome to your new home.


Navigate The SHAC

Follow the links below to go behind the scenes at the SHAC.

North/South Entrance


Nodak Mutual Basketball Performance Center

Locker Rooms

Weight Room

Fueling Station

Training Room

Therapy Pools


Wrestling Wing

Student Lounge

Academic Center


Control Room

SHAC: Welcome Home, Bison Nation
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