BHSU Young Center


The Donald E. Young Center at BHSU offers more than exceptional fitness facilities.  Along with the largest collection of exercise equipment in the region, a field house with a walking track, and an Aquatic Center with lap lanes, the Young Center provides personal exercise prescriptions with a certified trainer and classes taught by wellness students. 

Built in 1990, the Young Center continues to be the hub of the Black Hills State University Campus. The only building of its kind in the immediate region, it is designed to serve the needs of the university and the greater Black Hills community.

The Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center is a 172,000 square foot sports and fitness complex. The Young Center accommodates simultaneous use of its recreational and educational components by students, university personnel, and the public. 

The Donald E. Young Center houses:


  • 8,000 sq. ft. fitness center
  • 18,000 sq. ft. gymnasium with 2 college size basketball courts, 6 baskets and 3 college size volleyball courts with 3,800 seating capacity
  • 58,000 sq. ft. field house with a 200 meter 6-lane track (8 laps = 1 mile), bat/golf cage and 3 tennis courts, and 6 basketball backstops
  • Aquatic center with a 6-lane, 25 meter pool and a separate therapeutic pool
  • Athletic fitness room, athletic training room, varsity and community locker rooms
  • Dance floor and concessions
  • ROTC headquarters
  • Academic classrooms with audio and video capability and the Hall of Fame meeting room. 
  • Wireless Hot Spots
    The Donald E. Young Center is equipped with several wireless hotspots for your convenience to access the web.  They are located in the lobby area on 1st floor, the Hall of Fame room, and the hallway on the 2nd floor. 

The Young Center is available for both BHSU students and community members who have a Young Center membership. Become a member today!

The Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center is available to rent. Have your Birthday Party at the Young Center. The $50 fee includes 1 hour of swimming and 2 hours of a party room for 10 participants. If you have more than 10 swimmers, the fee is $5 for each additional swimmer.

For more information about the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center, contact Assistant Director Brock Anundson at 605.642.6882.

Lost and Found

If you have lost an item during an event at the Young Center, please contact the front desk at 605-642-6096. Lost and found items can be identified and collected at the Young Center front information desk during regular business hours. Any items not claimed after 14 days will be considered abandoned and will be donated.





Swimming Lessons

2019 Spring Session 1
Tuesdays & Thursdays
February 5th to 28th (4 weeks = 8 lessons)
$50 per swimmer
6:00-6:30 p.m. Parent & Child
6:00-6:30 p.m. Pre-Level  
6:45-7:15 p.m. Level 1
6:45-7:15 p.m. Level 2
7:30-8:00 p.m. Level 3
7:30-8:00 p.m. Levels 4, 5, & 6
7:30-8:00 p.m. Adult

Private Lessons: Available at request, $25 each lesson

Payment Information

Swimming Lessons: $50 each 4-week session 

All registration and brochures are available at the Young Center front desk. Please, inquire and sign-up here.

Level descriptions can be found at:

Young Center Hours

5:00 am - 9:00 pm

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Aquatics Hours
Monday - Thursday | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Saturday | 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

We are open 360 days a year. Closed only on New Year’s Day, Easter, July 4th, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

The Young Center will close if the BHSU campus closes for inclement weather. Visit to keep informed.