PREMIER Center’s Concert Plans During Severe Weather


With the potential of severe weather Wednesday night, there’s a big question to answer.  “Do I cancel my evening plans?”

For thousands of you, that’s attending the Journey and Def Leppard concert in Sioux Falls. 

KELOLAND News talked to a Denny Sanford PREMIER Center official to find out what precautions they’re taking.

Usually the event center doesn’t allow umbrellas, but on Wednesday you can bring one with you to the concert. Just make sure it’s small and doesn’t have any sharp edges. 

Patricia Morales and Margie Martinez are in Sioux Falls for a Catholic Daughters of America convention.

“We’re from Whittier, California,” Morales said.

But Wednesday night they’re getting rocked at the Journey and Def Leppard concert.

“I haven’t been to a concert in a long time, so I said, ‘Oh my gosh. I really want to come.’ I dragged her,” Martinez said.

“It will be on our free time, so I think we’re entitled to do what we want,” Morales said.

As fans are listening to “Pour Some Sugar On Me,” they’ll also be hoping the clouds aren’t pouring hail on their cars.

“We encourage people to rideshare with friends or with a taxi service or Lyft,” Rick Huffman with the PREMIER Center said.

Huffman says they likely won’t cancel the concert for a severe thunderstorm warning.

“If people are out in the concourses, we’ll keep them away from windows in case there is hail or damaging winds,” Huffman said.

If the weather gets worse, such as a tornado, they’d have fans move to safer areas.

“We can move people down into the hallways of the arena for added protection,” Huffman said.

Protection that these two Catholics aren’t too worried about.

“We’re going to have a great time,” Morales said.

After all, there is the power of prayer.

“Of course everything is in God’s hands. He takes care of the weather,” Martinez said.

If you plan to go to the concert, you can check the weather while you’re there online at and on the KELOLAND Storm Tracker app. 

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