The Summit League tournament sold more than 40,000 tickets last year. Each year its been in Sioux Falls, the tournament has set records. This year is the University of South Dakota's first year to take part, so they're anticipating higher attendance than ever before.
The 2013 Summit League Tournament is just days away and not only are teams preparing for the big event, local hotels and restaurants are also getting their starting lineup in gear.
"All of us start planning for this several months ahead of time. It's that big of a deal," Casa Del Ray owner Don Smith.
Smith is getting ready for the busy weekend. Like the teams in the Summit League Tournament, Smith is getting his staff in tip-top shape.
"We prep for our busiest weekend and bring all of our employees in. We all work everyday just so we can please the guests that come in for the tournament," Smith said.
Last year, thousands of people descended on Sioux Falls for the tournament. Smith is ready to see even more Summit League fans this year.
"It's a big impact, not just for this business but for all of Sioux Falls. It spreads out through the whole city," Smith said.
Just down the road, Guesthouse Inn and Suites says they're not going to be sitting on the bench this weekend. They are getting ready for a slam dunk.
"We expect to be completely full booked up this weekend," Guesthouse Inn and Suites Sales Director Neal Castle said.
As teams hit the court this weekend, it isn't just about the three-point line, but the bottom line for local businesses.
"This is a huge revenue booster for our hotel property and for the entire Sioux Falls area economic impact," Castle said.