Since 1961, the Sioux Falls Arena has been the premiere site for indoor entertainment and sports events in Sioux Falls, S.D. But next fall that will change. The arena will continue to host a variety of events, but it will be replaced to a large extent by the Denny Sanford Premier Center, named for the businessman/philanthropist and founder of First Premier Bank and Premier Bankcard.
Slated to open in September 2014, the $115 million multipurpose arena is currently under construction adjacent to the existing Sioux Falls Convention Center and Arena, and at times will be used in conjunction with those facilities, giving the complex a combined total of more than 132,000 square feet. Owned by the city and operated by SMG, the new building will offer nearly double the concert seating capacity of the old arena -- 11,500-12,000, compared with 6,000-6,500 for an in-stage show at the existing facility. (The venue will also include three clubs -- one private that serves club seat holders and two others open to the public.)
"The vast majority of what we are currently doing will move over [to the new facility] and we're working with other groups to fill up the smaller arena space with other events that are more appropriate to a venue of that size," says Terry Torkildson, GM of the Denny Sanford Premier Center, the Sioux Falls Arena and the Orpheum Theatre.