The Donald E. 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 two college-size basketball courts, six baskets, and three 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 three tennis courts, and six 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 one hour of swimming and two 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 Sam Holden 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.



We will be continuing to provide all appropriate supplies and procedures to ensure safety for all. It is also strongly recommended to wear masks while in the Young Center, unless you are in competition areas. The following information provides Young Center hours of operation, along with further details for what to expect.

  • Young Center Hours of Operation
    • Weekdays – 5am-9pm  
    • Weekends - 8am-5pm 
  • Young Center Operations
    • All three entrances open during regular hours.
    • Hand sanitizer (touchless) at all external entrances and fitness center.
    • Locker rooms will remain closed.
    • During games and some large events, the fitness center will be closed to ensure safety for athletes and workers.
    • All areas will be properly cleaned and sanitized by custodial staff throughout the day. It is strongly recommended to follow safe social-distancing practices during your time in and around the Young Center (Thank you!) 
  • Fitness Center
    • 25 people maximum allowed in fitness center upstairs
    • 25 people maximum allowed in varsity weight room
    • Please, feel free to call ahead to check on capacity: 605.642.6096
    • Spray and wipe down equipment after use.
    • Swipe before entering and as you leave.
  • Field House
    • Indoor Track and Court Use
    • Limited volume allowed
    • Please, feel free to call ahead to check on capacity/availability: 605.642.6096
  • Gyms
    • Must be scheduled use
    • Limited volume allowed
    • Main gyms are closed to the public until further notice
  • Pool
    • Pool hours can be found under the calendar tab
    • Aquatics only or combo memberships available
    • Six people maximum allowed in large pool (one per lane-Families can combine within lane)
    • Five people maximum allowed in small pool
    • Please, feel free to call ahead to check on capacity – 605.642.6096
    • Only main entrance open- must swipe access cards when arriving  (located on pillar by emergency phone)
      • Please stop by the front desk for the latest on game day schedules
    • Locker rooms are closed; bring items with for before and after usage
      • We are working on adding changing options (To be released soon!)


We appreciate your understanding and your willingness to accommodate at this time.