The new, lighted fields will host baseball, softball, soccer, lacrosse and other activities starting in 2022 and expect 1 million new visitors to tournaments, sports training programs and youth and adult league games over five years, according to Sanford Health.
Mammoth Sports Construction will lead work on the expansion, which Sanford Health said in a press release will be the largest turf field project in the United States at nearly 1.7 million square feet of lawn.
“This is a milestone for children in our communities who are just looking for a place to play,” said Steve Young, president of the Sanford Sports Complex. “We will now have year-round programs and opportunities on our campus that will allow more athletes and their families to experience the positive and fundamental growth sports offerings.”
The Sanford Sports Complex, located on approximately 500 acres in northeast Sioux Falls, has hosted both national and regional sporting events at its numerous facilities, including the Sanford Pentagon, Sanford Fieldhouse, Scheels Ice Plex, Huether Family Match Pointe Tennis , Power & Grace gymnastics and the Great Shots golf entertainment center.
The expansion is financed by a $ 300 million donation in March from credit card billionaire and philanthropist T. Denny Sanford, the main patron of the health system. Sanford’s donations transformed Sanford Health, which was renamed after him, catapulting its growth into one of the largest healthcare systems in the country.
Sanford Health, based in Sioux Falls, has 46 hospitals across the upper Midwest, including major medical centers in Sioux Falls, Fargo, North Dakota, and Bemidji, Minnesota, as well as over 200 clinics and 366 Good Samaritan Society centers in elderly care and housing States across the country.
Denny Sanford’s donations to the health system now top $ 1 billion. The final $ 300 million donation was aimed at expanding the Sanford Sports Complex, expanding medical education programs for college graduates, and creating a “modern virtual hospital” to bring rural telemedicine both inside and outside the health system footprint Support have said details on the virtual hospital are yet to come.