The Sanford Pentagon is close to landing a big event. Details are still being worked out, but the NSIC basketball tournament is set to call the Pentagon home in 2014. The event is the second big commitment to the Pentagon in the past year, while there have been zero commitments to the new Sioux Falls Events Center. But those behind the events center aren't worried.
The Sioux Falls Skyforce will be taking shape at the new Sanford Pentagon starting in 2013. And with just some I's to dot and T's to cross, the NSIC tournament isn't far behind at the well-shaped facility.
"We've got very high expectations for the Pentagon, so we're very pleased where we're at, but we're not surprised," Sanford Sports Complex executive director Eric Larsen said.
The Skyforce will not be moving to the new Sioux Falls Events Center. And right now, neither the Sioux Falls Storm football team or Stampede hockey team has made a firm commitment to the new building either.
"We don't have any concerns," Sioux Falls events center project manager Kendra Siemonsma said. "We do believe that once our manager is under contract, we'll be aggressively going after events."
Siemonsma says that contract should be finalized toward the end of August after the building's official groundbreaking. Because the two facilities are different in both size and in their construction timetables, she doesn't believe they'll be battling for the same events.
"It's a different market," Siemonsma said. "The Pentagon is really focused on basketball and we're a multi-purpose facility. We want concerts, rodeos, monster truck shows, hockey, football and basketball."
"An events center is going to be much bigger than we are, so they're in a whole different ball game," Larsen said.
Nevertheless, Larsen says the Pentagon will look to expand beyond just sports with concerts and other entertainment. But he says it will be within the confines of what the Pentagon can accommodate.
"We're absolutely not in competition with the new events center or the Sioux Falls Arena," Larsen said. "We've already been working with the Arena. We're going to work together and compliment each other."
Siemonsma says even though there's no official deal, the city has been working with both the Sioux Falls Storm and Stampede on the design of their respective fields of play, as well as locker rooms.