(Sioux Falls, SD) – Sanford Health unveiled new designs today during the official groundbreaking for its multi-use sports facility which will be the epicenter for a new sports complex in northwest Sioux Falls. The Pentagon by Sanford Health is a 160,000-square-foot facility that includes nine basketball courts (six high school regulation, two professional/college practice courts and the “heritage” court). While the entire facility features modern design and amenities, the heritage court located in the center of the building is a premium NBA/college size court with design inspiration reminiscent of 1950’s/1960’s basketball.
“Some may wonder why would a health system invest in this type of project. But this is what we do as an organization. We invest in our community, and we whole-heartedly believe in investing in the health of our young people,” stated Nate White, Sanford Health’s chief operating officer for the Sioux Falls division. “Sanford Health’s mission is dedicated to the work of health and healing. While it is always our goal to heal those who need our care when they are ill, it is also our mission to keep people healthy. That includes giving them opportunities and resources to stay healthy.”
The facility, as the name describes, is the shape of a pentagon. Floor space can be transitioned from basketball to accommodate 11 volleyball courts and also wrestlting and cheer/dance events. The facility is focused on athletics, but will also serve other community needs.
“This is another example of Sanford Health stepping out and stepping way up to make a positive difference in our town. Young and old, rich and poor will reap the benefits of this investment for generations to come,” stated Mike Huether, Mayor, Sioux Falls.
The Pentagon will be the epicenter of the Sanford Sports Complex. The 162 acre complex will be the home for Sioux Falls Junior Football league, Sioux Falls Tennis, Sioux Falls ICE as well as Dakota Alliance Soccer Club who will operate from the Sanford Fieldhouse. Construction of the Fieldhouse is already underway, which will also provide a state-of-the-art facility for the sports community in our region.
Announced November 2011, the Fieldhouse will provide access to athletic performance development (Sanford POWER program), comprehensive functional, physiological and biomechanical evaluations, as well as rehabilitation and nutritional consultation services. The POWER program is an important component of the integrated services provided by Sanford Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. POWER programs are for anyone who is looking to improve their physical performance or to identify risk and work to prevent musculoskeletal injuries. This facility will also provide services of the National Youth Sports Health & Safety Institute under the direction of Michael F. Bergeron PhD, FACSM. The institute is a partnership between Sanford Health and the American College of Sports Medicine, the largest sports medicine advisory council in the world with more than 20,000 members.
For more information about Sanford Orthopedics & Sports Medicine visit: ortho.sanfordhealth.org. For more information on The Pentagon by Sanford Health, visit: sanfordpentagon.com.
About Sanford Health
Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in Fargo, ND and Sioux Falls, SD and consists of two long-standing organizations that merged in 2009. Sanford is now the largest, rural, not-for-profit health care system in the nation with locations in 112 communities in seven states. In addition, Sanford Health is in the process of developing international clinics in Ireland, Africa, Israel and Mexico.
Sanford Health includes 34 hospitals, 116 clinic locations and more than 1,000 physicians in 70 specialty areas of medicine. With more than 20,000 employees, Sanford Health is the largest employer in North and South Dakota. The system is experiencing dynamic growth and development in conjunction with Denny Sanford's $400 million gift in 2007, the largest gift ever to a health care organization in America. This gift is making possible the implementation of the several initiatives including global children's clinics, multiple research centers, eradicating breast cancer and finding a cure for type 1 diabetes. For more information, visit sanfordhealth.org.