Denny Sanford Premier Center

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Denny Sanford Premier Center
Location 1201 North West Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Coordinates 43°33′42″N 96°45′00″W / 43.56167°N 96.75000°W / 43.56167; -96.75000Coordinates: 43°33′42″N 96°45′00″W / 43.56167°N 96.75000°W / 43.56167; -96.75000
Broke ground August 30, 2012[1]
Opened Projected September 2014[1]
Owner City of Sioux Falls
Operator SMG
Construction cost $115 million[1]
Architect Sink Combs Dethlefs
Koch Hazard[2]
Structural engineer Martin/Martin, Inc.[3]
Services engineer M-E Engineers, Inc.[3]
General contractor Mortenson Construction[2]
Capacity 12,000 (basketball)
10,450 (ice hockey)[4]
Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL) (2014–beyond)
Sioux Falls Storm (IFL) (2014–beyond)

The Denny Sanford Premier Center is an indoor arena located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota that is currently under construction. Once completed in 2014, it will have a seating capacity of 12,000 spectators.[5] The facility will be named after title sponsors First Premier Bank and T. Denny Sanford.[6] It will replace Sioux Falls Arena as the main arena in Sioux Falls. The Denny Sanford Premier Center will be located in a parking lot next to the existing Sioux Falls Arena, Sioux Falls Convention Center, Howard Wood Field, and Sioux Falls Stadium. The existing Sioux Falls Arena will remain and will host smaller concerts and events, with the Denny Sanford Premier Center will host large scale concerts and sporting events.[7]


A replacement of the Sioux Falls Arena has been discussed since 1999, with numerous task forces formed and studies completed to determine the need for a new events center.[1] The Sioux Falls Arena was built in 1961 when the population of Sioux Falls was 65,000.[8] By 2000, the population had nearly doubled to 124,000[8] while updates to the Arena were few and far between. After years of arguments and meetings, the new events center was put to a public vote in a special election on November 8, 2011. By a vote of 23,284 to 16,807, Sioux Falls citizens passed the events center special ballot, allowing design and construction of a new events center to begin.[2]


Eric Church and Dwight Yoakam will perform at the venue on December 6, 2014 as part of the The Outsiders World Tour.[9]


  1. ^ a b c d Reinecke, Sarah (August 31, 2012). "'Let's Build Our New Events Center'". Argus Leader (Sioux Falls). Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "About". Sioux Falls Events Center. Retrieved June 7, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Mortenson Presentation". Mortenson Construction. Retrieved June 7, 2013. 
  4. ^ "It’s Official. Events Center To Be Denny Sanford Premier Center". KYBB. Sioux Falls. August 22, 2012. Retrieved August 22, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Groundbreaking Today: Sanford Pentagon". Argus Leader (Sioux Falls). August 31, 2012. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Events Center Deal: $20.75M Over 25 Years". KELO (Sioux Falls). August 2, 2012. Retrieved February 21, 2014. 
  7. ^ Zimmer, Matt (April 20, 2014). "Sharing Home Game Dates Was New for the Stampede and Skyforce — The Crowds Still Came". Argus Leader (Sioux Falls). Retrieved April 25, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved February 21, 2014. 
  9. ^ Atyeo, J. L. (April 9, 2014). "Eric Church Will Bring a 'Rock-Show Feel' to Premier Center". Argus Leader (Sioux Falls). Retrieved May 19, 2014. 

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