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)
10,678 (Hockey)[1]
Broke groundAugust 30, 2012[2]
OpenedSeptember 19, 2014[2]
Construction cost$117 million[2]
($126 million in 2019 dollars[3])
ArchitectSink Combs Dethlefs
Koch Hazard[4]
Structural engineerMartin/Martin, Inc.[5]
Services engineerM–E Engineers, Inc.[5]
General contractorMortenson Construction[4]
Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL) (2014–present)
Sioux Falls Storm (IFL) (2015–present)

The Denny Sanford Premier Center is a large, 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 Denny 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.[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 kick off concert held at the Premier Center was held on September 24, 2014 featuring Joan Jett and the Blackhearts along with opener, Starship (Mickey Thomas) followed by a series of country acts: October 3, 2014 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, 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 appeared on May 2, 2016.

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

The Denny Sanford Premier Center also plays host to the home contests of 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.[15][16]

Country-pop Canadian singer, Shania Twain brought her Rock This Country Tour to the arena on September 23, 2015 to play a sold-out show of 9,925 patrons, grossing over $1 million from the single-night show. She returned three years later during her Shania Now Tour on May 16, 2018.

Rock group Metallica set the attendance record for the venue on September 11, 2018, with more than 12,000 fans.[17]


  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. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Retrieved January 1, 2020.
  4. ^ a b c "About". Sioux Falls Events Center. Archived from the original on December 8, 2013. 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. 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. (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.
  15. ^ "Built Ford Tough Series March 13-14". Professional Bull Riders. Retrieved August 27, 2019.
  16. ^ "Professional Bull Riders". Leme takes over world No. 1 ranking in Sioux Falls. Retrieved August 27, 2019.
  17. ^ Rock group Metallica set the attendance record for the venue on September 11, 2018, with more than 12,000 fans.

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