Sioux Falls, South Dakota is the perfect example of a quaint Midwestern destination full of big city fun. When it comes to sports tournaments in particular, planners can expect support from the whole city in all aspects of the game. Even before arriving on-site, planners will collaborate with community officials, venue staff and the Sioux Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau to find the right facility. You can also receive assistance when it comes to lodging accommodations and entertainment suggestions. And to help you get the whole picture, planners are encouraged to visit facilities that appeal to their interests. You will be pleased with not only the number of sports complexes, but the quality hotels and family-friendly attractions as well.
The CVB will also help you with attendance building ideas and services. Traditional promotional materials are available, but by leveraging social media and digital media channels the challenge of getting the word out is no longer an issue. To add to the experience, the Visit Sioux Falls app offers adventures, time of day itinerary suggestions, and a chance to win a prize. As a result of these magnanimous efforts, Sioux Falls hosts sell-out tournaments regularly.
Notable Recent/Upcoming Events
- The Summit League Men’s & Women’s Basketball Championships – March 7-10 2020, Denny Sanford PREMIER Center (Set to be hosted through 2022)
- NAIA DII Men’s Basketball Championship – March 11-17, 2020, Sanford Pentagon
- NCAA DII Wrestling Championship – March 13-14, 2020, Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
- Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Invitational – April 5-7, 2020, Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
- NCAA DII Volleyball Championship – December 10-13, 2020, Sanford Pentagon
- Sanford International Presented by Cambria – PGA TOUR Champions September 2020, Minnehaha Country Club
CVB/Sports Commissions Services Offered
- Attendance Builders
- Entertainment and activity programs
- Event Planning Assistance
- Incentive Programs
- Lodging & Venue Services
- PR/Media Assistance
- Registration & Information Desks
- Site Visits
- Transportation Assistance
- Visit Sioux Falls App
- Welcome Bags/Gifts
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- Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
- Sanford Sports Complex
- Sanford Pentagon
- Midco Aquatic Center
- Yankton Trail Park
- Sherman Park
- Harmodon Park
Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
The Denny Sanford PREMIER Center Complex has doubled as a popular sports facility and event venue for 57 years, with the PREMIER Center addition opening Fall 2014. This premium space for tournament planners includes courts with high-definition wall-displays, an LED lighting/video display system, center-hung scoreboard, ribbon-displays and seating for approximately 11,000 people. The PREMIER Center is accustomed to hosting all sorts of events regularly, such as The Summit League Men’s & Women’s Basketball Championships (which maintains a tradition of hosting),the Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Invitational and the NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships. Come nighttime, the facility reserves its space for concerts. Past performers like Cher, Carrie Underwood, Elton John and Garth Brooks have graced the stage.
Sports: Basketball, bull-riding, volleyball, wrestling, hockey
Sanford Sports Complex
Dedicated to sports and health, the Sanford Sports Complex develops world-class athletes. The 500-acre complex includes the Pentagon, Scheels IcePlex, Huether Family Match Pointe, and Fieldhouse just to name a few. Hospitality, such as restaurants and hotels, along with retail and entertainment allow for the ultimate convenience. Fleet Farm and Great Shots are the latest national brands to call the complex home. The Fieldhouse specifically covers 85,000 square feet, 62,000 square feet of which is field turf that can accommodate up to four sports at a time. In addition, athletes can utilize four batting cages and the health team’s physical therapy services.
Sports: Basketball, baseball, football, hockey, soccer, softball, volleyball, wrestling
The Sanford Pentagon is the center of the Sanford Complex, totaling 160,000 square feet for various sports. This venue houses nine basketball courts. The Pentagon’s heritage court features designs inspired by the 1950s/1960s. Among its other courts are two professional/college size and six high school regulation courts. Come out to the Pentagon for its highly competitive events throughout the year, two of which are the NCAA DII Men’s Basketball Elite Eight and the Bellator MMA Fights.
Sports: Basketball, baseball, volleyball, wrestling
Midco Aquatic Center
Aquatic athletes will love making a splash at the Midco Aquatic Center. Here, athletes can complete their laps in an Olympic size 50-meter pool, accompanied by four diving boards, a basketball hoop and a warm water pool for relaxing after the meet. Locker rooms are available to store all your belongings. Spectators will enjoy the game from the mezzanine, seating up to 500 people. When it’s not competition day, have some fun in the recreation pool, equipped with slides, a hoop, dumping bucket and more. Meeting rooms are also available for 30-80 people. Each is complete with AV assistance and a large screen TV, perfect for movie nights or catching your favorite professional athletes in action.
Yankton Trail Park
Yankton Trail Park is home to athletic grounds as well as a piece of Sioux Falls’ history. The park once belonged to a German immigrant who built a 500-acre farm. His sons then used that farm to serve soldiers at Sioux Falls’ army base. Now, visitors can tour the area and host their events on the park’s soccer fields. Bikers can train and compete on the bike trails and the Nike Cross Heartland eraRegionals are held at the park each year. Restrooms and water fountains are dispersed throughout the park. Soccer teams will love taking a photo at the giant statue of a soccer ball, commemorating the local sport visionaries.
Sports: Soccer, running, biking
Located 15 minutes away from Yankton Trail, Sherman Park is the premier park for national softball tournaments in Sioux Falls. Spearheaded by affluent local resident Helen McKennan and her friend E.A. Sherman in the early 1900s, the park has grown from barren lands to become a beautiful sports venue. Teams will compete on nine agri-lime lighted softball fields equipped with sound, scoreboards, irrigation, covered dugouts, electrical hookups, ample free parking and more. There are also designated areas for hard surface hockey rink or ice skating rink, soccer practice area, or you can visit the playground and take a stroll through the park’s formal garden. Outdoor events often take place in the accessible picnic shelters, while restrooms and concessions are also available.
Sports: Softball, soccer, hockey, biking
Take a swing at Harmodon Park, a premier destination for baseball and softball games. This facility, about 15 minutes away from Yankton Trail and 20 minutes away from Sherman Park, offers eight agri-lime lighted softball and seven agri-lime lighted baseball fields. All fields are fenced to allow for multiple games, and batting cages are located on-site to keep up with training. Like Sherman Park, Harmodon offers sound, scoreboards, irrigation, covered dugouts, picnic shelters, electrical hookups, ample free parking and more. Young visitors will be playing on the park’s playground until sundown. Restrooms, locker rooms and concessions are also on park grounds.
Sports: Baseball, softball
Things to do in Sioux Falls
No group visits Sioux Falls without exploring these attractions. One of these is Falls Park, which is among the first Native American settlements in the Midwest. Totaling 123 acres, Falls Park features walking trails, Stockyards Ag Experience in an old horse barn and a farmer’s mill. During your walk along the trail, see how many of the park’s permanent sculptures you can spot, then dine at the cozy Falls Overlook Café. Outdoor enthusiasts will also want to visit the Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History for a look at nature’s captivating wildlife. Adventure to five large exhibits and view over 1,000 animals, such as snow monkeys, lions, zebras, tigers, giraffes, flamingos and bears. The museum houses the remains of about 150 animals and tells the story of their evolution through interesting dioramas. The action never stops when you continue the trip to Wild Water West. All you need at this top-ranked water attraction is one pass to get you on water slides, the lazy river, mini-cart and go-karts.
As you peruse the city’s outdoor venues, visit Downtown Sioux Falls – SculptureWalk. This area houses a plethora of stores and local restaurants. But unlike other shopping districts, Downtown Sioux Falls boasts a magnificent sculpture collection including the new and Arc of Dreams, the largest collection of this kind in the nation. Then, revel in live performances at the Washington Pavilion. This vibrant performing arts center combines learning and entertainment with more than 100 interactive exhibitions and a grand theater.
PBR has established events that sell out everywhere from Madison Square Garden in New York City to The Pond in Anaheim California and points in between. The PBR event in Sioux Falls South Dakota has the honorable distinction of being the fastest event to reach a sell-out, a monumental accomplishment for our first time ever in the market. Our success would not have been possible without the support of community leaders, the Sioux Falls Convention and Visitor Bureau and the venue staff who embraced the event and made it their own.
PBR: Sean Gleason (CEO)
Sioux Falls is an outstanding Host for sporting events, everything is in place for the event to be successful. Strong community support, great hotels and restaurants, first class facilities and a hard working volunteer base create a winning atmosphere that fans, parents and participants enjoy while in Sioux Falls. The Summit League has benefited by hosting a number of our Championships in Sioux Falls in the past and we are thrilled to be working with the community to host the 2016 Sweet 16 regional NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament.
The Summit League: Tom Douple (Commissioner)
How to Get to Sioux Falls
By Car: The city is located at the junction of Interstates 29 and 90 and offers the convenience of I-229 that connects and creates a loop for faster transportation than city streets. Once you’re in town, Sioux Falls is about 15-20 minutes away from most sports facilities, hotels and attractions.
By Air: Out-of-state travelers can access Sioux Falls from the Sioux Falls Regional Airport, also referred to as Joe Foss Field. This airport provides airline services with connecting flights to more than 200 U.S. cities, with direct flights from Denver, Chicago, Atlanta, Phoenix/Mesa, Los Angeles, Orlando, Minneapolis, Dallas/Fort Worth, Tampa Bay-St. Petersburg and Las Vegas.
Company Name: Sioux Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau
Sports Sales Manager: Patrick Daschel
Title: Sales Manager