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Event Center Envy

March 7, 2014, 6:03 PM by Don Jorgensen

Event Center Envy
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

It's the hottest ticket in town. The Summit League Basketball Tournament will be held for the last time at the Sioux Falls Arena this weekend before it makes the move to the new Denny Sanford Premier Center. Today the athletic directors from all of the teams in the conference got a tour of the new multi-million dollar facility.

"Oh my gosh, it's a pretty amazing looking facility," Western Illinois Athletic Director Tommy Bell said.

That pretty much sums up the feeling amongst the athletic directors who toured the new Denny Sanford Premier Center.

Although still under construction, they got a feel for what it's going to look like when finished. From the 22 suites to the giant scoreboard to the sheer size of the facility, the AD's were impressed.

"It's certainly a lot bigger in terms of seating and everything than the other facility, it's really exciting," IPFW Athletic Director Kelley Hartley said.

"Just the height of the ceiling all the details they are putting in place, every fan amenity, I don't think they've left one stone unturned," Bell said.

"It's beautiful, I just think it's going to be a great addition to the Summit League Tournament," Oral Roberts University Athletic Director Mike Carter said.

Although South Dakota teams will have a distinctive home court advantage playing in the 12,000 seat facility, the out-of-state athletic directors say they think their teams will still enjoy playing here.

"It's always tough for Oral Roberts or any other teams to come to Sioux Falls and play with home crowd, South Dakota State and South Dakota, but I also think it's a terrific environment to play in, because of how well the people from this state support this tournament," Carter said.

A tournament that will soon have a new home and it's leaving some Event Center envy.

"If this is a commercial for our donors, absolutely we need something like this in Fort Wayne," Hartley said.

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