Photos by Joe Kerlin
When NDSU track and field student-athletes returned from their winter break in January 2013, they had one last Christmas gift waiting for them back at college. After years spent in the Bison Sports Arena, dodging basketballs and competing for practice time with every other spring and winter sport, the track team had a place to call their own. The Shelly Ellig Indoor Track Facility gave NDSU’s track dynasties a place to host track meets and win conference titles in Fargo.
“You can’t say enough about the track and field program having a stand-alone facility. It’s available anytime during the day, which is nice to have that flexibility with so many athletes having different schedules so they can come in when they can and get some good work in.” — Stevie Keller, Women’s Track & Field Head Coach
Don’t Cha Know?
100% – The women’s indoor track and field has won every Summit League Track and Field Indoor Championship meet while competing in the league.
6 – Number of Summit League Indoor Track and Field Championships for the men’s team in 10 years.
Opened – December 2012
Teams – Track and Field
Size – 78,000-square-foot
Cost – $5.5 million
- 200-meter, eight-lane track.
- The surface is a four-layer system and about 17 millimeters thick.
- Polytan is the German manufacturer that installed the surface. The PUR Gold surface was the first of its kind installed in the United States.