Frank Whitney Stadium
On this site, Frank Whitney Stadium proudly served Dickinson State University and our Dickinson community for 38 years.
Whitney Stadium was named in honor of Mr. Frank Whitney. Mr. Whitney was a community minded business leader who donated the lead gift for the construction of the stadium. Through his gift and numerous others, Whitney Stadium allowed Dickinson State University to host and secure collegiate and high school athletic events. At a final cost of approximately 300,000 dollars, the stadium opened to the public in 1971. It was named Frank Whitney Stadium at the 1973 Homecoming ceremonies.
The stadium included an all-weather track, a grass football field, seating for 2,100 fans, press boxes, restrooms and a concession area. For the first time in Dickinson State’s history, the institution was able to host NAIA National Playoff football games as well as conference and district track meets. Whitney Stadium served as the home for both Dickinson High School and Trinity High School football games and track meets. The stadium also served the West River Region and surrounding states by hosting regional high school and junior high track meets.
On January 5, 2009, demolition of Frank Whitney Stadium began, clearing the way for the construction of the Badlands Activities Center, which was later renamed the Henry Biesiot Activities Center.
On May 10, 2010, after 17 months of construction, Governor John Hoeven presided during the Open House ceremony for this beautiful new facility.