Mount Marty University Celebrates Newly Opened Athletic Facility

October 27, 2020
Architecture Sports

Designed by RDG, the Ruth Donohoe First Dakota Fieldhouse serves as a centerpiece for the MMU Campus and a hub of activity for the community and collegiate events.

Mount Marty University recently celebrated the official opening of its new athletic facility, the Ruth Donohoe First Dakota Fieldhouse. Designed by RDG Planning & Design, the Fieldhouse serves as a centerpiece for the MMU campus and provides space for student activities, recreation and athletic practices and large-scale events.

Designed to address the critical needs of a growing campus, MMU’s new Fieldhouse offers student-athletes top-of-the-line features and first-rate training facilities, as well as ample space to hold indoor collegiate track meets, collegiate baseball and softball scrimmages and cheer, dance and marching band competitions. Reflective of MMU’s commitment to the health and well-being of both the campus community and the overall Yankton community, the facility’s weight training, fitness and event areas are available to both Mount Marty students and Yankton community members.

“In collaborating with our university partners, we’ve created an athletic facility that offers open, accommodating space for a variety of wellness and community activities – from large regional events to individual workouts or intramural sports and games,” said RDG Architect and Senior Partner, Tom Ohle, AIA, LEED AP, WELL AP. “At its core, the fieldhouse acts not only as a recruiting tool for Mount Marty but also as a catalyst to enhance the quality of life for everyone in Yankton.”

Mount Marty Ruth Donohue First Dakota Fieldhouse. Photo by Cipher Imaging.

“We want students to choose Mount Marty because they know they can succeed here. To do that, we need to offer top-of-the-line facilities,” said MMU Athletic Director Chris Kassin. “This field house offers students, and the larger community, access to first-rate fitness space and opportunities for indoor recreation in any season.”

The 100,000-SF fieldhouse includes a 74,000-SF event space with a 200-meter, eight-lane track and a 7,500-SF weight training and fitness facility, which are open to both MMU students and Yankton community members. The $15 million project was funded through public and private donations.

Written by Erin Van Zee, Communications Director