Denny Sanford Premier Center

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Denny Sanford Premier Center
Premier Center 05-11-15.jpg
Location1201 N West
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57104
Coordinates43°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
OwnerCity of Sioux Falls
Capacity13,000 (Concerts)
12,000 (Basketball)
10,600 (Indoor Football)
10,678 (Hockey)[5]
Broke groundAugust 30, 2012[1]
OpenedSeptember 19, 2014[1]
Construction cost$117 million[1]
($128 million in 2020 dollars[2])
ArchitectSink Combs Dethlefs
Koch Hazard[3]
Structural engineerMartin/Martin, Inc.[4]
Services engineerM–E Engineers, Inc.[4]
General contractorMortenson Construction[3]
Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL) (2014–present)
Sioux Falls Storm (IFL) (2015–present)

The Denny Sanford Premier Center is an indoor arena in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The building is located at 1201 North West Avenue, and is connected to the Sioux Falls Arena and Sioux Falls Convention Center. The Arena's naming rights partners, and largest sponsors, are Sanford Health, First Premier Bank and Premier Bankcard.[6]

Completed in 2014, the arena has a seating capacity of approximately 12,000 spectators and replaces the DakotaDome and Rushmore Plaza Civic Center as the largest indoor venue in South Dakota.[7] The Sioux Falls Arena hosts smaller concerts and events, while the Denny Sanford Premier Center hosts large scale concerts and sporting events.[8]


The Premier Center (Southeast view)

A replacement of the Sioux Falls Arena had 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.[9] By 2000, the population had nearly doubled to 124,000[9] 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.[3] Breaking ground in 2014, it was built on the west side of the Sioux Falls Convention Center.[10]


Denny Sanford Premier Center hosting the Professional Bull Riders on April 7, 2019.

The first concert, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and Starship featuring Mickey Thomas was held on September 24, 2014. On October 3, 2014, Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line performed with Tyler Farr.[11]

Slipknot, along with guests Korn and opening band King 810, performed as part of the "Prepare for Hell" tour on November 9, 2014.[12] Eric Church and Dwight Yoakam performed at the venue on December 6, 2014 as part of The Outsiders World Tour.[13]

The Premier Center hosts the Summit League men's and women's basketball tournaments every year in March. The winners receive automatic berths in the NCAA Division I men's and women's tournaments.

The arena also hosts the Sioux Falls Stampede of the United States Hockey League and the Sioux Falls Storm of the Indoor Football League.

From 2015 to 2017, the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) association hosted an annual Built Ford Tough Series event. Since 2017 the PBR has hosted an Unleash the Beast Series event at the Premier Center, known as the First Premier Bank/Premier Bankcard Invitational.[14][15] Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood brought their three and half year world tour to the arena for nine sold out concerts in September 2017.[citation needed]

Shania Twain brought her Rock This Country Tour to the arena on September 23, 2015. She returned for her Shania Now Tour on May 16, 2018. James Taylor performed there with his band.


  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. ^ 1634 to 1699: Harris, P. (1996). "Inflation and Deflation in Early America, 1634–1860: Patterns of Change in the British American Economy". Social Science History. 20 (4): 469–505. JSTOR 1171338. 1700-1799: McCusker, J. J. (1992). How much is that in real money?: a historical price index for use as a deflator of money values in the economy of the United States (PDF). American Antiquarian Society. 1800–present: Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Retrieved January 1, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c "About". Sioux Falls Events Center. Archived from the original on December 8, 2013. Retrieved June 7, 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Mortenson Presentation" (PDF). Mortenson Construction. Retrieved June 7, 2013.
  5. ^ "USHL Update - Week Three". United States Hockey League. October 15, 2014. Retrieved February 21, 2014.
  6. ^ "Events Center Deal: $20.75M Over 25 Years". KELO. Sioux Falls. August 2, 2012. Archived from the original on February 22, 2014. Retrieved February 21, 2014.
  7. ^ "Groundbreaking Today: Sanford Pentagon". Argus Leader. Sioux Falls. August 31, 2012. Retrieved August 31, 2012.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ a b "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 8, 2006. Retrieved February 21, 2014.
  10. ^ Atyeo, J. L. "Denny Sanford Premier Center opens its doors today". Argus Leader. Retrieved April 24, 2020.
  11. ^ Atyeo, J. L. (October 3, 2014). "Neighborhood Survives First Sold-Out Crowd as Jason Aldean Performs". Argus Leader. Sioux Falls. Retrieved January 13, 2015.
  12. ^ Hudson, Scott (November 6, 2014). "Slipknot Is Back, with a Touching Tribute to a Lost Friend". Argus Leader. Sioux Falls. Retrieved January 13, 2015.
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ "Built Ford Tough Series March 13–14". Professional Bull Riders. Retrieved August 27, 2019.
  15. ^ "Professional Bull Riders". Leme takes over world No. 1 ranking in Sioux Falls. Retrieved August 27, 2019.

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