A college basketball game will once again bring national exposure to the city of Sioux Falls. ESPN will air a November Sanford Pentagon matchup between Wichita State and Memphis on its main channel. It's a first for the Sanford facility and a unique opportunity for the city.
From NBA exhibitions to major Division I college basketball, the Sanford Pentagon has seen its fair share of big events. Now the facility will be introduced to a much bigger national audience when it's featured on ESPN.
"It's a huge coup for us to be on that and to be part of the games that will be all over the country. Millions of basketball fans will be watching and they can turn on ESPN and all of a sudden they'll be in the Pentagon in Sioux Falls. We're very excited about it. It means a lot to us and what we're trying to do at the Pentagon," Sanford Pentagon's Eric Larsen said.
While it's not March Madness or the Summit League tournament, being on the main ESPN channel is not only good for the Pentagon, but for the city of Sioux Falls.
"Most people, they think of Sioux Falls, they don't think of a top tier market. When you start to take a look at our facilities with the Pentagon, that entire sports complex, you start to take a look at the new Denny Sanford PREMIER Center. We can stack up against many of the cities out there and we have... If you take a look at our success with the NCAA landing eight national championships last year, it speaks volumes for what we're doing here in the city," Sioux Falls Sports Authority Executive Director Wes Hall said.
And it could point to a bright future as the stable of sports facilities continues to grow in KELOLAND.
"It's the start of major college basketball and one of the 17 men's games is in Sioux Falls at the Pentagon. It will be a huge event," Larsen said.
If you'd like to attend the game in person on November 18, tickets go on sale this Friday at noon.