The first official contest in Madison High School's new gym will take place on Thursday, when the Lady Bulldogs host Beresford in a Dakota XII Conference volleyball match.
The construction issues have been resolved and the gym is ready to use. This will be one of the largest high school gyms in the state.
"There is seating for 2,253 people," said Madison Athletic Director Bud Postma.
The new high school gym will be the first gym that MHS athletes will have for their own competition. MHS games have been played at the Downtown Armory, the Dakota State Fieldhouse and the Madison Middle School gym in the past. Now MHS has its own arena.
Fans should park on the north side of the school and use the new entrance of the gym, instead of going through the school building.
"There should be ample parking within two blocks of the gym in our parking lot, on 11th Street and in the DSU parking lot," Postma said.
Besides hosting MHS athletic events, the new gym will be used for graduation, indoor band functions, education fund-raisers and banquets.
"We are open for other suggestions as there are lots of possibilities," Postma said.
The new gym will host two district tournaments in addition to Madison's district games.
"Two districts north of Madison will have their finals here," Postma said.
The new gym will feature one main court and three cross courts. The cross courts will allow more youth teams to compete in tournaments.
The middle school gym will still be utilized for practices and times when there are basketball doubleheaders or wrestling triangulars.
"We hope everybody likes the new gym," Postma said.
The Madison administration has decided not to charge admission to the volleyball match on Thursday. Everyone will be admitted free.