Augustana University announces groundbreaking for hockey arena in Division I pursuit

Vikings will have a ceremony on Oct. 5 near the Elmen Center in Sioux Falls


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Plans for Augustana University to add an NCAA Division I men's hockey program are ramping up.

Augustana announced Friday, Sept. 24, that there will be a public groundbreaking event for the arena that will be the home for the Vikings at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 5. The event will also include the formal announcement of the hockey program.

The event will take place south of 33rd Street on South Grange Avenue. Guests should park in the Elmen Center parking lot.


Augustana announced on June 16 that it planned on adding the sport and that T. Denny Sanford for the lead gift to facilitate the addition of the sport.

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Mick Hatten is a reporter and editor for Forum News Service and helps manage, a website dedicated to hockey. He began working for Forum Communications in November 2018 and has covered St. Cloud State University hockey since 2010. A graduate of St. Cloud State, he has more than 30 years of experience as a journalist and has been a youth hockey coach since 2014.

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