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December 6th, 2013 — Event Center, Sioux Falls
Should this news come as some kind of surprise?
Sioux Falls will miss out on hosting a pair of youth sports tournaments and the millions of dollars in economic benefit that comes with them.
Other cities with newer facilities and unique fan amenities outshone Sioux Falls when the city went to bid for hosting the same softball and soccer tournaments it has held in the past. Sioux Falls even offered more cash to tournament operators than any other city, but it didn’t make a difference.
“We’re always in second place,” said Teri Schmidt, executive director of the Sioux Falls Convention and Visitor Bureau, which submitted bids on behalf of the city’s youth sports organizations.
Better not let MMM hear you say that Teri. This is San Antonio, gosh darn it, uh, I mean Sioux Falls, we should be first in everything!
There are a lot of factors why SF loses these kind of events. Bigger facilities, bigger cities, better weather, location, air travel, more lodging (remember the last time we had that soccer tournament, people had to lodge in Sioux City). A new bigger arena isn’t going to bring BETTER and BIGGER tournaments and conventions in. There is just some things Sioux Falls cannot provide, as I mentioned above. We are what we are, and once people like Teri and MMM realize this, we can focus on what WE ARE accessible to and capable of.
There seems to be this attitude that we need to shoot high, and if we miss, make a bunch of excuses. Sioux Falls should be trying to attain ALL kinds of tournaments. Tournaments THAT WE CAN ACCOMODATE.
Any kind of tax revenue being brought to our city is a good thing, big or small, but it seems we just want to continue to ‘think big’ and hope it pays off. I say ‘think medium’ and do it often, and it will pay off.
November 27th, 2013 — Event Center, SF City Council, Sioux Falls
Yesterday during the Sioux Falls city council informational meeting (hopefully the video will be up sometime today) they had another Events Center update. After the presentation councilor Staggers asked Public Works director, Mark Cotter, if the EC is being built to be expandable to 15,000 seats?
After a nervous twitch Cotter says that the east side footings have been ‘beefed up’ in case they decide to expand to approximately ’14,000′ at the most.
First off, I thought the building was being constructed so that the seats could be just put in later, instead of knocking out a wall, and secondly, we were always told 15,000 seats NOT 14,000. Of course, councilor Entenman backs up Cotter’s explanation saying that the expansion was something that needed to change after engineering made their recommendations and those plans were not set in stone.
That isn’t quite how I remember things going down. We were told it was going to have 12,000 seats when completed with the option for a 3,000 seat expansion. No mention of ‘letting the engineers’ decide.
Can’t wait until they ask for the parking ramp to be built out there in a couple of years. I guess SF better be ready to ‘beef up’ their 5-buckle over boots, because it is going to get deep, real quick.
November 18th, 2013 — Event Center, SF City Council, Sioux Falls
Note: This image is from an early recommendation of the EC task force when they were suggesting to eliminate Howard Wood Field.
I guess I haven’t really thought about this much (because I really don’t think we will use the 12,000 seats that will exist when the EC opens, let alone 15,000). But I vaguely recall it being sold to us that way.
I could find only one news story from KSFY talking about the expansion;
“We’re excited to be at this point. We’re excited people voted for this and we’re looking forward to continuing to work with the city on it,” Dethlefs said.
The next step is for architectural firms to finalize the plans. The plans will then go to the city for approval.
There’s room to grow with this facility. Crews are designing it to add another 3,000 seats if it’s needed in the future.
So why am I questioning this now? For one, I think it was one of BID’s campaign promises, I also think the EC task force recommended it, and I believe the voter’s were sold on this concept, even after the victorious vote.
And, you can’t seem to get a little suspicious when the mayor says the project is ahead of schedule and under budget.
As I understand it, there can be ‘geological and rock’ issues after surveying the land, and this can change the foundation and footprint plans of a project, which ultimately changes the entire building. The First Phase of the River Greenway had to have a change order after they found too much of the elusive Sioux Quartzite.
So I ask the city, is the EC being built to be expandable to 15,000 seats? And if not, when were you going to inform us? If ever? And if it is being built for expansion, will you show us the proof and plans?
Just curious, for now.
November 10th, 2013 — Event Center, SF City Council, Sioux Falls
“These EC numbers just don’t add up!” Scrooge
Oh, city, how you crack me up with your little ‘hidden’ contract approvals . . . (Item# 1)
So we are upgrading the ‘Arena’ parking lot. Ah, yeah. But this has absolutely ‘NOTHING’ to do with the new EC or budget . . .
October 17th, 2013 — Downtown Sioux Falls, Event Center, Mayor Hubris, SF City Council, Sioux Falls
I wanted eggshell colored wallpaper not off-white!
I have been hearing a lot of gossip lately that the mayor has been micromanaging the event center’s construction, in fact, I guess it has even earned him the nickname on the worksite, ‘Mayor Meltdown’.
Not sure if he is micro managing the construction or design, but if he is, may I suggest he concentrates on more important things, like running our city.
During his latest ‘Ask the Mayor’ episode, he tells us a couple of interesting half-truths.
“When I was running for mayor, I would be campaigning Downtown, and there wasn’t a lot happening down here (sic).”
He said this after he was asked about the 2025 DT committee. While I would agree after handing out TIF’s like candy, there has been a lot of construction going on DT, but Mayor Munson and the former council really put a lot of energy and investment into DT. Once again, Huether is trying to take credit for something that has been in the works for over a decade.
Speaking of taking credit, he also comes up with this interesting response when asked about Spellerberg pool;
“The city council has asked that drawings be made up of an indoor and outdoor pool for that location (sic).”
Well, he got it partially right, they did authorize the expenditure, but it was the mayor and parks department that asked these drawings be done, and during a work session, that I attended, several councilors beat down the parks director over whether this was legal before a vote on the outdoor pool ballot issue this spring.
But of course, as usual, Mayor Meltdown will take credit, even it isn’t due.
August 27th, 2013 — Event Center, SF City Council, Sioux Falls
Today, the city (mostly Q-tip Smith & MMM) announced the deal with Midcontinent. $1.6 million over 10 years (160K) a year. In the press conference, Smith said the sponsorship would go towards operating expenses at the EC.
So some questions;
1) Will Midco have the opportunity to sell air time to the NCAA or ESPN when games are played there?
2) Will Midco be supplying the equipment at their expense (fiber, servers, tv’s etc.)?
The council just found out about the deal today, and still does not have a copy of the contract yet, even though they have to approve the deal. Once again they were left in the dark on the negotiations but are being asked to approve a deal they were no part of. No surprise, standard operating procedures from the mayor’s office.
At first glance it seems like a good deal for the EC, but the devil is in the details.
August 12th, 2013 — Event Center, SF City Council, Sioux Falls
Take a look at Item #5 on the city council meeting agenda for tomorrow night. (Sponsored by the Mayor & Finance Department);
Sale of tickets at more than face value prohibited.
(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to intentionally resell or offer to resell a ticket of admission to any sporting event, theatre, music hall, or other place of public entertainment, amusement, or instruction (collectively the “event”) to which tickets of admission are offered for sale to the general public at a price greater than that charged at the place of admission or printed on the ticket, unless authorized in subsections (b) or (c) below. For purposes of this section, “resell” or “attempt to resell” shall mean to solicit for resale and shall include any sale or attempted sale subsequent to the initial offer to the public.
I am on the fence on this one. First off, I didn’t realize this was a ‘problem’ in Sioux Falls. I am also curious why the mayor is pushing this. I am curious if this has anything to do with the new EC, and contracts with SMG or Ovation? It may also be a suggestion by Legends. Not sure, hopefully we will get more details tomorrow.
The reason I am on the fence about this, because, believe it or not, I am all for the FREE market. If I buy a used car for $1000, fix it up for another $200 then sell it for $1600, am I considered a ‘car scalper’? If someone buys a ticket, or several tickets to a popular show that they know will sell out, what is the problem with profiting from re-selling those tickets for more? All we need to do is look at check cashing places, credit card companies and VL casinos in this state. They all make HUGE profits on ‘re-selling’ something at an enormous rate.
It will be interesting to hear Turbak’s explanation on this one. Hopefully he will let the council ask ‘pertinent’ questions that he will answer
July 3rd, 2013 — Event Center, Sioux Falls
A Foot Soldier took this picture by Marion Road. LOL!
June 2nd, 2013 — Cartoon, Event Center, Mike Huether
May 31st, 2013 — Event Center, SF City Council, Sioux Falls
Remember this ad? Click to enlarge
If you watch the SF City Council Informational meeting from last Tuesday (FF: 31:00) City Attorney, David Fiddle-Faddle admits to councilor Jamison that the city doesn’t have to ‘legally’ follow the pricetag.
Greg, “What kind of legal commitment does the city have to stay within that $115 Million Dollar pricetag (sic)?”
David, “We don’t have one, the election was simply an ADVISORY election to try to stay within that dollar amount. By state law, since it was an advisory election, the city has no legal obligation to stay within that dollar amount (sic).”
Of course, Entenman and Cotter defend the election and reassure Greg that they will stay within that price limit. Diamond Jim goes on to say that he is pretty sure Greg will let them know if it goes over that amount.
This is very important to watch. The city has already spent CIP money for water and utility hookup to the EC. They are also using CIP and State money to improve the roads in the area. They have also switched sewer and water upgrades over to enterprise funds instead of the CIP. The mayor and his administration have carefully been moving around money through the use of small, time graduated, resolutions. You also have to take into account, additional parking, or a parking ramp will have to be built at the EC site in the near future.
I am glad Jamison asked the question, and now we have the city attorney on record.