Basketball Madness Fills Sanford Pentagon


The Sanford Pentagon is in the midst of its busiest stretch of the year as nearly 600 basketball games will be played at the facility over an 11 day period. 

It’s not March, but the Sanford Pentagon is full of madness. The Pentagon is more than halfway through its busiest slate of basketball with 590 games taking place from July 7-July 17.

“Our food and beverage services to our officiating that’s going to happen to getting all the teams registered and coordinated to come to Sioux Falls, there’s a lot of work that happened up to and delivering the final experience when the teams get here to the Pentagon,” Matt Ditmanson, Sanford Sports Complex Director of Business Development, said.

The annual Summer Slam event is taking place this weekend on courts throughout the facility.

“We have 152 teams scheduled over the next three days. They’re coming in from six states, from North and South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin to participate in this event,” Ditmanson said.

The Summer Slam is an NCAA certified event which adds another layer of preparation to the planning.

“The Division I coaches, if you get certification, they can come out and observe the kids and evaluate the kids. There’s a process that the athletes have to go through as well as far as online education and also the coaches have to go through a certification process to be able to coach which includes a background check, so it’s a pretty stringent, organized detail that the NCAA requires now,” Paul Seville, Sanford Sports Complex Events Manager, said. 

Through it all, young athletes are getting their chance to showcase their skills. 

“There’s a lot on the line. There’ll be a lot of college coaches here. It’s a great opportunity for kids to advance their careers beyond the high school level,” Seville said. 

“Year round we’re going to provide a basketball experience for the kids and hopefully get them ready when the real season starts this fall,” Ditmanson said. 

Today is the busiest day of the 11-day stretch with 116 games being played. The Pentagon also hosts Summer Jam, which is a weekly event for high school teams to compete against other area teams.

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