The North Dakota State University (NDSU) softball team has seen tremendous success throughout recent years. In the 2018 season, NDSU claimed the program's ninth Summit League tournament championship and won an NCAA tournament game for the fifth straight season. Despite their success, the team lacked an updated facility that was able to accommodate for more fans as the sport grew in popularity at NDSU. The University realized that in the hypercompetative nature of student-athlete recruitment, facilities play a major role in the process and the student-athletes' ultimate decision.
Sheldon (Shelly) Ellig was a local businessman and entrepreneur who was a proud supporter of NDSU and enjoyed giving back to the community. ICON was chosen to renovate and upgrade the softball complex that is part of the Sheldon (Shelly) Ellig sports complex.
Phase I of this project included a maser plan for the North Dakota State University Softball Program in Fargo, North Dakota. Renovations included installation of a new 552 seats raised platform grandstand with a press box and filming platform, a new backstop and netting, and a new center field electronic scoreboard and sound system.
Phase II is currently under construction and includes the addition of the new turf outfield, the new turf infield, the right-field grandstand, home team bullpens and batting cages, a visitor bullpen, new outfield and foul line fencing, padding and associated field work, and various site amenities.