The Sioux Falls City Council makes its decision Tuesday on whether ticket scalping at city events will be banned, but the wording of this ordinance is now different due to the voice of one man in the audience.
The issue of ticket scalping in Sioux Falls is a big one for those battling to bring in big events.
"I have to submit all these bids to the NCAA. If they're not submitted in time, we're not considered for the next four years," Wes Hall with the Sioux Falls Sports Authority said.
City Council members were set to discuss and vote on a new ordinance presented at their last meeting. Yet, when the public was allowed to speak, one man brought up an issue.
"I do have some concerns and I would like to, as a concerned citizen, I would like to bring them to your attention," Brian Opp said.
Opp runs a licensed ticket selling business online in Sioux Falls.
"I feel that this was rushed forward very quickly and it's a large industry that we're being involved in now with the event center and I think there should be more talks about it," Opp said.
While some of his concerns seemed to fall short, there was one that turned the tide of the entire meeting.
"I also feel that we should learn from the people who have been in the NCAA ticket industry for awhile, and that's Omaha. Their only ordinance is that you cannot scalp a ticket within a half-mile within the arena," Opp said.
Through the meeting, those hoping to get NCAA events to Sioux Falls emphasized the importance of what the council was about to do.
"Either we have an ordinance in place or we don't. The response from the NCAA is basically if we start answering no to questions, then we should not bid on those events," Hall said.
Council members then decided to take on the same ordinance as a city with a lengthy history with the NCAA.
"I'd rather just say, you know, we're going to do what Omaha has now and move forward from there, and if we're comfortable with this and it gets a box checked 'yes' on Wes' form, great and let's move on," councilmember Michelle Erpenbach said.
After a 6-0 vote to pass the new ordinance, it was then clear that one voice can make the difference.
The Sioux Falls Sports Authority is hoping to place a successful bid with the NCAA to get the women's basketball tournament in town, among other big-ticket sporting events.