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Summit League Tournament Called Big Success

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

Summit League Tournament Called Big Success
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

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.

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