Denny Sanford Premier Center
|Location||1201 N West
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57104
|Owner||City of Sioux Falls|
10,678 (ice hockey)
|Broke ground||August 30, 2012|
|Opened||September 19, 2014|
|Construction cost||$117 million
($118 million in 2016 dollars)
|Architect||Sink Combs Dethlefs
|Structural engineer||Martin/Martin, Inc.|
|Services engineer||M–E Engineers, Inc.|
|General contractor||Mortenson Construction|
|Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL) (2014–present)
Sioux Falls Storm (IFL) (2015–present)
The Denny Sanford Premier Center is a large, multi-use 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, and is adjacent to Howard Wood Field, and Sioux Falls Stadium. The arena's naming rights partners, and largest sponsors, are Sanford Health, First Premier Bank and Premier Bankcard.
Completed in 2014, it has a seating capacity of approximately 12,000 spectators and replaces the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center as the largest venue in South Dakota. The Sioux Falls Arena remains and hosts smaller concerts and events, while the Denny Sanford Premier Center hosts large scale concerts and sporting events.
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. The Sioux Falls Arena was built in 1961 when the population of Sioux Falls was 65,000. By 2000, the population had nearly doubled to 124,000 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.
Slipknot, along with guests Korn and opening band King 810, performed at the Premier Center as part of the "Prepare for hell" tour on November 9, 2014. Eric Church and Dwight Yoakam performed at the venue on December 6, 2014 as part of The Outsiders World Tour.
Other artists and acts that have performed at the venue are Luke Bryan, Demi Lovato, Christina Perri, Carrie Underwood (who holds the highest attendance), and Varekai - a Cirque du Soleil production.
Events in 2015 included Chris Tomlin, Nickelback, Kenny Chesney, Def Leppard, Rod Stewart, The Eagles, Ed Sheeran, Lady Antebellum, Shania Twain, Elton John, and Mötley Crüe. Paul McCartney will be appearing on May 2, 2016.
The Premier Center hosts The Summit League Men's Basketball Tournament and The Summit League Women's Basketball Tournament every year in March. The winner receives an automatic berth to the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship and the NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Championship, respectively.
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