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Augustana University Breaks Ground at Midco Arena

Sioux Falls, SD – The puck is set to drop at the Midco Arena on Augustana University’s campus in the fall of 2023. The announcement was made during a public groundbreaking ceremony.

“This is a celebratory day and a difference-making day. Thank you, Denny Sanford, for leading the way to bring Division I hockey to Augie, Sioux Falls, and the great state of South Dakota. We’re proud to be one of the many sponsors and donors helping support Augustana in making this dream come true, and we’re grateful for the opportunity to put the Midco name on the arena. By bringing DI hockey to Sioux Falls, Augustana’s campus will become even more of an activity hub for the region while continuing to graduate leaders for the years to come,” said Midco President & CEO Pat McAdaragh. “Midco is thrilled to be part of this initiative, and excited to welcome everyone to the Midco Arena.” 

By competing at the NCAA Division I level, the Viking Men’s Hockey team will be the first collegiate program of its kind in the state.

“Hockey is the right program at the right time for where Augustana is now, and it’s just been so affirming because of all the enthusiasm that our campus, alumni, community and donors have expressed,” said Augustana President Stephanie Herseth Sandlin. “This is more than a men’s hockey program at Augustana. This is a university-wide initiative that has great potential impact for our city and region.”

The Midco Arena will be located on the corner of 33rd Street and Grange Avenue. The Midco Arena is planned for 3,000 seats, as well as luxury suites, providing an intimate first-class experience for both student-athletes and sports fans.

Augustana plans to have a head coach for men’s hockey in place by May 2022.