SportsEvents Magazine

DEC 2016

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CVBs & Sports Commissions Sponsored Content December 2016 90 outh Dakota's largest city pro- vides groups with state-of-the-art venues, welcoming accom- modations and a committed sports-minded community. Sioux Falls is a sports destination for youth, high school, collegiate, amateur and professional sports events. Partici- pants, fans and families enjoy the central location at the junction of I-90 and I-29 with the state's largest airport providing added travel convenience. It's also easy to get around with dining, shopping, attractions and family fun all within 15 minutes and limited traffic. There are nearly 5,000 hotel rooms and over 650 restaurants that can be found throughout the city and entertainment and attractions for all ages. The new Denny Sanford PREMIER Center provides a state-of-the-art experi- ence for sports events. The multipurpose venue is attached to the current Conven- tion Center and 8,000-seat Arena. Seating for the facility is 12,000 for basketball, 10,450 for hockey, and 5,750 for rodeo. The new arena sits on an entertainment complex that includes a 243-room hotel attached to the Arena and Convention Center by a climate controlled walkway, 10,000-seat track and field and foot- ball stadium and a 4,000-seat baseball stadium. The new Sanford Sports Complex com- bines multiple venues in one convenient area. The Sanford Pentagon serves as the cornerstone of the complex, featuring nine basketball or volleyball courts, Her- itage Court that seats 3,200 and 18 suites along with all of the high-tech amenities required for events. Additional venues in- clude an 85,000-square foot indoor Field Turf facility, nine outdoor football fields, six-court Huether Family Match Pointe Tennis Facility and Scheels Iceplex with three indoor ice hockey sheets. In recent years, events such as The Summit League Basketball Champion- ships and the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Built Ford Tough Series have experienced much success hosting events in Sioux Falls. The Summit League Basketball Championships set 10 attendance records in 2016. The men's quarterfinal crowd of 10,306 set a record for the highest attended session in the 32-year history of the event. The women's championship game set a record of 8,647. While the combined total was 65,533, surpassing 2015 by more than 5,000. PBR scheduled their stop for April 2-3, 2016 at the Denny Sanford PRE- MIER Center and due to such high ticket demand added a performance on Friday, April 1. This was the first time the world's premier bull riding league added a day to a stop on the circuit. Both events return to Sioux Falls in 2017 along with a plethora of other pre- mier sports events such as the Sioux Falls Marathon. The Sioux Falls Marathon brought in 2,800 runners from 41 states and 537 cities, which surpassed the 2105 total by 700. I guess you could say that people around Sioux Falls love sports. Which is no surprise considering the city is home to two NCAA DII universities, Augus- S Sioux Falls – The Heart of America The Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Built Ford Tough Series Marathon in Sioux Falls

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