The World’s Only Corn Palace attracts tourists from across the country and the world each year, particularly during the summer months. However, during the winter months the Corn Palace transforms into one of the best small college and high school basketball venues in the entire country. The Corn Palace, built in 1892, seats 3,200 with stadium seating on one side of the court and bleachers on the other side and both ends. Murals celebrating South Dakota’s heritage, made entirely of corn, adorn the inside of the arena.
In 2004, the Corn Palace was named one of the 10 best places to watch high school basketball by USA Today, and it is featured on nikebasketball.com’s Baller Network.
The Dakota Wesleyan men’s and women’s basketball teams are routinely among the GPAC leaders in attendance. The Tigers enjoy a distinct home-court advantage thanks to their unique and spectacular venue and the support they receive from the DWU campus and the city of Mitchell, which is a bona fide “basketball town.”