User uShare Login | Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.

76° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options




[0] My Saved Articles
MLB (10:10 PM)
Los Angeles
MLB (Bot 3)
St. Louis
San Diego
MLB (7:05 PM)
MLB (7:10 PM)
MLB (Top 7)
Chicago Cubs
MLB (9:40 PM)
MLB (Bot 8)
Chicago WSox
MLB (7:05 PM)
LA Angels
MLB (7:05 PM)
MLB (8:10 PM)
Kansas City
MLB (8:10 PM)
Updated: Jul 31, 2014 3:38PM
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!


Summit League Tournament Called Big Success

March 11, 2014, 9:55 PM by Jared Ransom

Summit League Tournament Called Big Success

The Summit League tournament has called Sioux Falls home since 2009, and each year the growth and interest in the tournament is easy to see. This year's edition is easily the biggest tournament yet.

"Record corporate sponsorship support, we've had record attendance in a number of sessions, and we've had some outstanding basketball. So, you combine that, it's been a great tournament," Summit League Commissioner Tom Douple said.

It's a sentiment shared by one University president still basking in the glory of his team's NCAA tournament birth.

"I think this is just the greatest place to have the Summit League tournament. I think the powers that be in the Summit League that made the decision to come here, it was a great decision. The turn-out has been tremendous for virtually every game all the years we've been here and even before," USD President Jim Abbott said.

The fan turn-out is a big indicator of how Douple judges the success of the tournament. Even in the early games, it was clear that 2014 would be something special.

"We had our two furthest institutions in Ft. Wayne and Indianapolis playing, and I turn around and I look up and there's 3,000 fans here at that game. We've arrived," Douple said.

The tournament may have a completely different feel next year in the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center, but Douple and his staff are excited to see what happens.

"I don't know if we would be ready if we moved into a new place when we first got here six years ago, but I think now we have a couple years of sell-outs, we're ready, our student athletes are ready and I can tell you our fan base is ready, also," Douple said.

Wherever the tournament takes place, it leaves lasting memories for everyone involved.

"You know what? I'm going to remember it until I can't remember another thing. How long that'll be, I don't know, but I'll remember this a long time," Abbott said.

Fans from teams eliminated from the tournament are also quick to say that win or lose, the Summit League tournament is one of their highlights of the year because of the exciting basketball and the chance to see their favorite team play for a chance at national glory.

Previous Story

Next Story


Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View sports

You may also like

A.P. Arrives At Training Camp A Married Man

7/24/2014 8:47 PM

Adrian Peterson has arrived at training camp with a different look: a ring on his finger.

Full Story
Mr. And Ms. Sioux Empire Championships

7/25/2014 10:45 PM

The Mr. and Ms. Sioux Empire Natural Body Building and Figure Championships flexes its muscles Saturday, at the Orpheum Theatre in Sioux Falls.

Full Story | Watch
Audubon Wants Vikings Stadium Safer For Birds

7/25/2014 10:38 AM

The Audubon Society of Minnesota is asking the Minnesota Vikings to do more to protect birds from fatal collisions with the massive glass walls of its...

Full Story
Sanford Pentagon May Morph Into Ultimate Fighting Octagon

7/24/2014 5:54 PM

One of the most popular, and most controversial of extreme sports, could been finding a home in Sioux Falls.

Full Story | Watch
Chad Greenway Talks About New Roles At Training Camp

7/29/2014 10:51 PM

Chad Greenway is spending his ninth summer in Mankato at Vikings training camp.

Full Story | Watch