Coyote Basketball To Tip-Off Dakota Days


Dakota Days kicks off at the Sanford Coyote Sports Center on Monday, October 17. Coyote fans of all ages are encouraged to attend this free event, which will include USD men’s and women’s basketball competitions, performances by Sound of USD and USD Spiirt Squad, and fireworks at the end.

Doors will open for the event at 5:30 p.m. with games on the Sanford Coyote Sports Center lobby hosted by various Coyote teams. Fans will receive a free Dakota Days commemorative koozie, mug and beach ball.

The Sound of USD and Spirit team will begin the festivities on the floor at 6:15 p.m., followed by the presentation of the ’22-’23 men’s and women’s basketball teams. Teams will take to the stage for a three-point contest, a dribbling obstacle course and more.

During breaks in the action, fans will be introduced to the Dakota Days King and Queen candidates and hear from special guests like the head football coach Bob Nielsen.

The evening will end with an outdoor fireworks display. Fans are encouraged to make their way to the DakotaDome parking lot at 7:30 p.m. to view the exhibit, which will be filmed north of Highway 50.

South Dakota basketball begins the regular season on Monday, Nov. 7, with the men taking on the Wisconsin Badgers in Madison, WI while the women host the Midland Warriors at the Sanford Coyote Sports Center. Season Passes are available now at

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