Denny Sanford Premier Center
"The Denny"
Premier Center 05-11-15.jpg
Location 1201 North West Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Broke ground August 30, 2012[1]
Opened September 19, 2014[1]
Owner City of Sioux Falls
Operator SMG
Construction cost $117 million
Architect Sink Combs Dethlefs
Koch Hazard[2]
Structural Engineer Martin/Martin, Inc.[3]
Services Engineer M–E Engineers, Inc.[3]
General Contractor Mortenson Construction[2]
Tenants Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL) (2014–present)
Sioux Falls Storm (Indoor Football League) (2015–present)
Capacity 13,000 (concerts)
12,000 (basketball)
10,678 (ice hockey)[4]

The Denny Sanford Premier Center is a large, multi-use indoor arena in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The building is located at 1201 North West Avenue adjacent to the Sioux Falls Arena, Sioux Falls Convention Center, Howard Wood Field, and Sioux Falls Stadium. The arena's naming rights partners, and largest sponsors, are Sanford Health, First Premier Bank and Premier Bankcard.[5]

Completed in 2014, it has a seating capacity of 12,000 spectators and replaces the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center as the largest venue in South Dakota.[6] The Sioux Falls Arena remains and hosts smaller concerts and events, while the Denny Sanford Premier Center hosts large scale concerts and sporting events.[7]

History[edit | edit source]

A replacement of the Sioux Falls Arena had been discussed since 1999, with numerous task forces formed and studies completed to determine the need for a new events center.[1] The Sioux Falls Arena was built in 1961 when the population of Sioux Falls was 65,000.[8] By 2000, the population had nearly doubled to 124,000[8] while updates to the Arena were few and far between. After years of arguments and meetings, the new events center was put to a public vote in a special election on November 8, 2011. By a vote of 23,284 to 16,807, Sioux Falls citizens passed the events center special ballot, allowing design and construction of a new events center to begin.[2]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Reinecke, Sarah. "'Let's Build Our New Events Center'", August 31, 2012. Retrieved on August 31, 2012. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 About. Sioux Falls Events Center. Retrieved on June 7, 2013.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Mortenson Presentation. Mortenson Construction. Retrieved on June 7, 2013.
  4. USHL Update - Week Three. United States Hockey League (October 15, 2014). Retrieved on February 21, 2014.
  5. "Events Center Deal: $20.75M Over 25 Years", KELO-TV, August 2, 2012. Retrieved on February 21, 2014. 
  6. "Groundbreaking Today: Sanford Pentagon", August 31, 2012. Retrieved on August 31, 2012. 
  7. Zimmer, Matt. "Sharing Home Game Dates Was New for the Stampede and Skyforce — The Crowds Still Came", April 20, 2014. Retrieved on April 25, 2014. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 Census of Population and Housing. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on February 21, 2014.

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