NDSU basketball programs no longer have to bounce around Fargo to get shots up.
One of the biggest commodities in today’s college athletics is practice space. For too long, Bison basketball teams that won Division II national championships and qualified for the “Big Dance” have been sharing practice space with other programs. The Nodak Mutual Basketball Performance Center is going to change all of that. The facility, which is connected to the basketball locker rooms on the southwest end of the SHAC, is the most notable change from the old BSA. It was the first phase of the renovation project that crews worked on and the first to be completed. This facility has three full-length basketball courts, one going east to west and two going north to south and is outfitted with six basketball hoops and two scoreboards. There is a curtain in the ceiling, too. This will allow the practice facility to be used by both men’s and women’s teams if the SCHEELS Center court is occupied. One of the unique features is the crow’s nest on the north end. This perch is used to film practices and is only steps away from the coaches’ offices.
“Nodak Mutual Insurance Company has a long- standing tradition of providing outstanding products and services to the people of North Dakota. NDSU also has a long-standing tradition of excellence in both academics and athletics. When the opportunity was presented to us to become a partner with NDSU in the construction of the Nodak Mutual Basketball Performance Center, we were excited to be part of something that will be around for the students and athletics to enjoy for many more years.” Jim Alexander, Nodak Mutual Insurance CEO
- The Basketball Performance Center has three full-length basketball courts with six baskets.
- With the way players’ class schedules worked, there won’t be any crossover for men’s and women’s basketball practice this semester. There is a curtain divider down the middle of the court if both practices need to run at the same time.
- The Nodak Mutual Basketball Performance Center was the first completed portion of the renovation, hosting its first men’s basketball practice November 12, 2015.
- The Basketball Performance Center is a total of 4,188 square feet.