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Sioux Falls Sports Authority Ready For NCAA Announcement

December 10, 2013, 9:55 PM by Jared Ransom

Sioux Falls Sports Authority Ready For NCAA Announcement
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

Wednesday's highly-anticipated announcement from the NCAA could be what it takes to put Sioux Falls on the map in the sports world.

"I think cautiously optimistic. I think we put in very strong bids to the NCAA. We come back and we're finalists for quite a few of those bids," Sioux Falls Sports Authority Executive Director Wes Hall said.

In total, Sioux Falls put bids together to host 19 NCAA Division II events and was listed as a finalist for five: men's and women's outdoor track and field, men's basketball, women's basketball, volleyball and wrestling.

"If we come away with one, it's a victory. It's something we haven't had. What it does, too, is also get our foot in the door, it gives us the opportunity to show the NCAA what we can do here at the national level," Hall said.

The City hasn't had the facilities in the past to even consider hosting these types of events. After going through the process this year, Hall realizes that he has the right people ready to get in the game.

"What also surprises me is the support that we've received. If I was calling the Governor's office saying ' hey, can I get a letter of support,' they were on top of that. If it was the Mayor's office, Mayor Mike did the same thing for us as well," Hall said.

If there's good news Wednesday, the authority will work closely with the NCAA to move forward with planning and getting the City ready. Hall is prepared for bad news, as well.

"If it's the latter, then we'll still talk with the NCAA to find out what went wrong, what we could have done better, what else does Sioux Falls need to add to put us on the map in the next round of bids," Hall said.

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