BSA Renovations Will Turn the Shack into the SHAC
Published: Monday, October 14, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 14, 2013 13:10
Once the Bison Sports Arena is renovated, the building will have a new moniker as the SHAC, or the Sanford Health Athletic Complex. The BSA we see today could probably be called the shack, no acronym necessary.
The BSA is more outdated than visor hats. It’s more run down than a house on College Street. It has the atmosphere comparable to a Friday night church service.
With the recent $1.2 million donation from the Ingstad family, along with the NDSU Development Foundation, voting to guarantee financial funding for the SHAC that has a North Dakota legislature-approved $35.4 ceiling, the BSA looks to finally be able to have a shovel put in the ground.
That will be a day that not only Bison Athletics will rejoice, but also the university. If there is one building outside the Memorial Union that current and future students pass through most, it is the BSA. Basketball games, gym classes, high school sports camps and even some graduations have gone through the BSA.
“This is a very big step forward for Bison Athletics,” athletic director Gene Taylor said in a statement. “The Sanford Health Athletic Complex and SCHEELS Center will have an impact on our program for years to come. We appreciate the support of the NDSU Development Foundation and all of our donors who have participated and we look forward to beginning the long awaited construction as soon as the necessary approvals are secured.”
Many eyes see the inside of the gloomy arena. It’s safe to say that the shack is the symbol of the campus in some people’s eyes, because that’s the only part of campus they see. Basketball camps that bring in thousands of kids that NDSU hopes will be future Bison doesn’t give a lasting impression when they look around the BSA.
And if regular high school kids form an opinion of NDSU because of the shack, what do you think recruits think? Somehow, some way, NDSU men’s head basketball coach Saul Phillips has done a marvelous job getting big-time recruits to come play in an energy-sucking arena. The men’s basketball team has become the second biggest thing on campus. Imagine how much the program can jump once they bring in recruits into the SHAC.
The sketching for the SHAC looks beautiful. It actually looks like a basketball arena. Athletes these days like commodities. Whether it is awesome uniforms or amazing facilities, recruits will have a spark in interest.
The SHAC will do wonders for the women’s basketball program as well. With recent struggles, the renovation could be the major factor in getting the program back to its strong traditions. Other programs such as football will benefit from the new weight rooms and other facilities inside the SHAC.
And maybe, just maybe, the energy from Bison fans during football season will carry over to the basketball season. It is amazing to see the lack of atmosphere when you have a team like the NDSU men hit the floor.
The BSA is one of the worst arenas in the Summit League. It has a lasting negative impression on the basketball programs and the school. Once the SHAC is in session, NDSU Athletics will have its rise to success burst even more.