Dacotah Field opened in 1910. It was north of Festive Hall on campus. A quarter-mile cinder track and a 7,000-seat stadium were added in 1938 as part of one of the federal government’s Works Progress Administration construction projects. It had a final seating capacity of 13,000. The field would move farther north in 1949 to its present location, completed in time for the 1950 season. A 1952 fire destroyed two-thirds of the north stands but, in 1972, the remaining wooden bleachers were replaced with a new 7,000-seat grandstand, courtesy of the New England Patriots. NDSU won its final game at Dacotah Field in 1992 and still uses the turf for practice and high school games. The team began playing its games in the 18,700-seat Fargodome in 1993.
In 2013, the NDSU soccer team moved from Ellig Sports Complex to Dacotah Field. Major renovations were completed prior to the move including new bleacher seating, lighting, sound system and scoreboard. Capacity was reduced to 2,600 during the renovations. In 2014, a $1 million construction project added a roof to enable year-round use as a multi-use event and practice facility. The air-supported structure first hosted practice for NDSU Bison football on Dec 1, 2014.
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