On Friday night, Garth Brooks makes his return to Sioux Falls and fans are getting ready to pack the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center.
The concert series has nine sold out shows, which means about 13,000 people will pack the PREMIER Center for each of his performances. With tens of thousands expected attending, there are a couple of things to do in order to get inside the building easier.
Security Manager Troy Lubbers said preparations are no different than other concerts. Except, there is one difference.
“It’s just on a grander scale when we have to do it nine times,” Lubbers said.
He says guests will be greeted by metal detectors that are used for touring events.
“As they approach the metal detectors, if they remove their keys from their pockets, their cell phones, place them in the basket ahead of time,” Lubbers said.
Another thing you will be allowed to bring to this concert that isn’t the norm: Posters.
“It needs to be something that can be held in front of you. Obviously if it gets too big that you block the view of other patrons in behind you or around you. We ask that you not bring a poster that’s on a stick, that will not be permitted through the security checkpoint,” Lubbers said.
Lubbers says fans should also keep this in mind if they arrive early. Because of the short turn around time between shows, guests that arrive early are asked to spend some time in the Sioux Falls Arena at planned pre-concert parties at six of the shows.
The plan is aimed at keeping traffic away from the main lobby doors and waiting outside the KELOLAND Box Office. The Sioux Falls Arena will be hosting a party starting at 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
“We try to keep the PREMER Center KELO lobby clear. It’s for the egress, so that we can get the patrons that are already inside the building out and prepare for the next show,” Lubbers said.
Assistant General Manager Chris Semrau says his team is ready to take on the Garth experience.
“We’ve hosted many sold out events over the past three years. We work with our internal security staff as well as a third party security service to make sure the guests and the artists have a safe experience,” says Semrau.
If you have tickets at will call, the premier center suggests picking those up before the day of your show. If you have a paperless ticket, remember to bring your credit or debit card that matches or you wont be allowed through the doors.
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A free shuttle from the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds will be available for all shows. On Sept. 15, 17, and 22, the shuttle will run from 4 p.m. until after the concert and all patrons have left the building, the PREMIER Center said. On Sept. 16 and 23, the shuttle will start at 1 p.m. for the earlier shows.