Denny Sanford Premier Center

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Denny Sanford Premier Center
Premier Center 05-11-15.jpg
Location 1201 N West
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 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
Owner City of Sioux Falls
Operator SMG
Capacity 13,000 (concerts)
12,000 (basketball)
10,678 (ice hockey)[1]
Broke ground August 30, 2012[2]
Opened September 19, 2014[2]
Construction cost $117 million[2]
($118 million in 2016 dollars[3])
Architect Sink Combs Dethlefs
Koch Hazard[4]
Structural engineer Martin/Martin, Inc.[5]
Services engineer M–E Engineers, Inc.[5]
General contractor Mortenson Construction[4]
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.[6]

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.[7] The Sioux Falls Arena remains and 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.[2] 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.[4]


The first concert held at the arena was held on October 3, 2014 and featured Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line with Tyler Farr in front of a sold-out crowd of over 11,000 fans.[10]

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.[11] Eric Church and Dwight Yoakam performed at the venue on December 6, 2014 as part of The Outsiders World Tour.[12]

Other artists and acts that have performed at the venue are Luke Bryan, Demi Lovato,[13] Christina Perri,[13] Carrie Underwood (who holds the highest attendance), and Varekai - a Cirque du Soleil production.[14]

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.

The Denny Sanford Premier Center also plays host to the home contests of the 2015 Clark Cup Champions of the USHL the Sioux Falls Stampede and the defending IFL Champions the Sioux Falls Storm.

Since 2015, the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) association has hosted an annual Built Ford Tough Series event at the Premier Center, known as the First Premier Bank/Premier Bankcard Invitational.


  1. ^ "USHL Update - Week Three". United States Hockey League. October 15, 2014. Retrieved February 21, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d Reinecke, Sarah (August 31, 2012). "'Let's Build Our New Events Center'". Argus Leader. Sioux Falls. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  3. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c "About". Sioux Falls Events Center. Retrieved June 7, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Mortenson Presentation" (PDF). Mortenson Construction. Retrieved June 7, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Events Center Deal: $20.75M Over 25 Years". KELO. Sioux Falls. August 2, 2012. 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. (October 3, 2014). "Neighborhood Survives First Sold-Out Crowd as Jason Aldean Performs". Argus Leader. Sioux Falls. Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  11. ^ Hudson, Scott (November 6, 2014). "Slipknot Is Back, with a Touching Tribute to a Lost Friend". Argus Leader. Sioux Falls. Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  12. ^ 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. 
  13. ^ a b Farley, Janna (October 9, 2014). "Area Roundup: Demi Lovato, Timeflies". Argus Leader. Sioux Falls. Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  14. ^ Olson, Virginia (December 12, 2014). "Get Fit: There's Fit — and Then There's Cirque Fit". Argus Leader. Sioux Falls. Retrieved January 13, 2015. 

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