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Years Of Work Behind Events Center Project

January 13, 2014, 6:56 AM by Brittany Larson

Years Of Work Behind Events Center Project

A major step in the construction process of the Denny Sanford Premier center took place over the weekend.  Around 25 crew members were responsible for pouring the concrete after the piping was installed for the ice floor.

While months of planning went into this specific project, it has been years getting the event center plans off and running.    

For more than a decade, city leaders and other organizers haven been working tirelessly to make this event center become a reality.

Even in a vibrant and growing city like Sioux Falls, city officials knew for quite some time they needed to fill a specific void.

"It has been a long process.  A dream for a lot of people even back in the late 90's that we would have a future event center or larger venue in the city of Sioux Falls for entertainment as well as for sporting events and different things like that," city council member Jim Entenman said.

In the early 2000s, Mayor Dave Munson gathered a broad base of constituents throughout the city to form a task force committee and identify the community needs.

"The Task force, which I was honored to be a part of, we made presentation to the city council, I believe it was in 2005 with our recommendations. It was a lot of months of a lot of studying, a lot of consultant reports that were given out and it was a very interesting and very exciting process that we went through at that time," Entenman said.

Things quieted down when the economy took a slump in 2008, but the vision was still clear. Their goal was to build a multi-purpose facility that will house concerts and sporting events. After years of meetings and discussions, the committee decided in order to be successful, it has to be a well-defined plan taken to a public vote, which took place in November of 2011.

"The election itself was huge.  We had almost 59 percent of the registered voters turn out; that was an all-time record of the city of Sioux falls and of the 59 percent of our registered voters, we had an overwhelming majority voted in favor of the concept of building a new event center," Entenman said.

The vote passed with more than 23,000 yes votes. They broke ground on the site on August 30, 2012.

"I'm very honored and very pleased to be a part of it from beginning, almost 10 years ago, and to see it come to fruition.  Anything good takes time and I think this is one of the things that all of us in the city of Sioux falls and in this region are going to be very proud of once we open the doors," Entenman said.

The Events Center will seat 12,000 and will add more than 64,000 square feet to the already existing facilities.  It will open in the fall.

Read KELOLAND News coverage of the events center on our special Denny Sanford PREMIER Center page

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