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Events Center nominated for award

When I saw this story, I about fell out my chair laughing. I guess the construction of the facility wasn’t one of the criteria to get nominated;

Sioux Falls’ newest sports and entertainment venue is on a short list of international venues to be nominated for Best New Major Concert Venue for the 26th annual Pollstar awards, city officials say.

If they do win the award, hopefully they don’t accept it in front of the building, a piece of siding may fall on them.

Sioux Falls ODDS & ENDS

After listening to the podcast version of Mayor Huether’s interview on Belfrage’s show yesterday, I noticed that the mayor said some interesting ‘OTHER’ things.

When he was talking about the snow plow issue he mentioned that the city doesn’t want to become ‘lawsuit happy’. I about chocked on my water. This is a guy who is having his attorney’s office criminally charge and arrest people for storing building materials in their yard. I would have to say the city is VERY lawsuit happy.

He then talks about how the Events Center has had ‘record sales’ since it has opened. Huh? How do you break record when there is no record to break. While I think it is great the place (mostly contractors and promoters) are making money, I think saying we are breaking records is a little far-fetched. Beating projections would be a more honest statement.

He also mentions the city has big plans for Van Eps Park now that it is a dry park, but he didn’t expand, just told listeners to be watching for them next year. I heard he is erecting a large Coca-Cola bottle in the park with a crucifix floating inside.

Lastly, once again he can’t resist taking credit for snow gate implementation. Mike, the voters of Sioux Falls implemented snow gates, not you, get over yourself. He also mentions that snow gates may not always be used depending on the snowfall, around that 6-10” range. As I understand it, if we get a heavy wet snow, they don’t work well, and it would probably be wise NOT to use them. But if it is a normal dry light snow, they can be used up to 20-30”. I also heard not only will they not be used on emergency snow routes, that the secondary routes may be ignored to.


I noticed in the Sioux Falls Business Journal a blurb about Lloyd Companies and Hegg teaming up to build a $45 million dollar apartment complex in Minot, ND in the Bakken Region. Surprise! Surprise! I wonder who will be investing with them and if they got any TIFs?

Arc of Dreams

I see the Arc of Dreams has raised $480,000 so far which is great! I hope they fund this project totally privately, and pass their fundraising skills on to the mayor’s wife so she can pay for own damn indoor tennis center.

As I understand it the project is being built on private land. But I found it a little strange that they have already hit half their fundraising goal and haven’t approached the Planning Commission or the CORP of Engineers for permission to build. As I understand from an engineering standpoint, the counter balance in the ground will have to be enormous. I will be shocked if 1) They can build this for $900K and 2) that they don’t ask tax payers to contribute. Stay tuned. The two guys heading up this project are behind BibleWalk, uh I mean SculptureWalk downtown, I expect them to be extending their hands at a council meeting very soon.

Irony of the day; The SF Airport Authority more transparent then the city

If the airport can report the contract results PRIOR to construction, why can’t the EC months after the turnover to the city?

Airport remodel contractors;

General Contractor – Hoogendoorn Construction $3,875,000

Roofing/Metal Panels – MJ Dalsin Construciton $546,632

Exterior Glazing/Windows – Midwest Glass $269,133

Drywall – Olympic Drywall $468,240

Acoustical Ceiling – FM Acoustical $266,900

Tiling – Grazzinni Brothers $48,430

Terrazzo Flooring – Demarco Brothers $252,370

Carpeting- Commercial Interior Décor $115,214

Painting- Valhalla Painting $61,390

Elevator/Escalator- Kone $487,000

Fire Sprinkler System – Midwestern Mechanical $88,000

Plumbing- Krier and Blain $575,000

HVAC System- Krier and Blain $745,000

Electrical System – Thompson Electric $1,171,298

How was the Keith Urban Show this past weekend?

NOT a single local media outlet (KELO, KSFY, KDLT or the ARGUS) is uttering a word about Keith Urban being in town this past weekend for PRIVATE concerts for First Premier and Sanford employees.

How interesting . . . we have had about our fill of ‘other’ EC events, but when it comes to junky siding and private concerts for the ‘specials’ we hear zippo.

We certainly would not want the general public’s perception that the EC is for “special people” to be publicized!

This was the last word printed about these two private concerts and it was back in August.

J.L. Atyeo, jatyeo@argusleader.com 12:35 p.m. CDT August 29, 2014

nford Health and First Premier Bank employees will be treated to an exclusive concert when Keith Urban and The Band Perry perform back to back nights at the Denny Sanford Premier Center.

The concerts, announced Tuesday, are open to employees only with the Oct. 24, show for First Premier employees and the Oct. 25, concert for Sanford workers.

As title sponsors of the city’s new 12,000-seat venue, Sanford and Premier are able to use the facility once a year. This year, the two companies partnered to host a concert. Sanford has had employee concerts in the past, but there are no plans to do one every year.

Sanford employees can bring one guest, but because there are more employees throughout Sanford’s network of hospitals and clinics than there are seats in the venue, employees have until Sept. 8 to enter a random drawing for tickets.



SMG, Ovations & Events Center change gratuity policy

To my surprise, I was listening to the SF City Council informational meeting and Councilor Erickson mentioned that she was able to TIP on her debit card at the Events Center at the Jason Aldean concert. At the Joan Jett concert, I could not.

After the informational I spoke to someone (city official) who attended the Joan Jett concert, and I said to them, “I wasn’t able to TIP on my debit card at the Jett show, were you?” They said “NO.” Then I said, “Did I speak to the city council about tipping ‘before’ the Aldean concert?” They said, “Yes.” I attended the city council meeting last night to correct councilor Erickson on her ‘assumption’ that tipping on debit cards was available at the Joan Jett concert and grand opening events. It was not.

Not saying I had anything to do with the policy change, but am glad the policy was changed, and hopefully they will also be able to put out tip jars at the beer stations in the future.

The only thing missing is the key to the building


What if the Events Center vote was rigged? Would it matter?

We were discussing this at dinner the other night and it lead to an interesting convo. Trust me, I don’t think it was, even though the conspiracy theories are certainly there. I think the key to what won was the get out the vote effort, and getting a lot of un-experienced young family first time registered voters to the polls. They tend to vote with their hearts and not with their wallets (or brains).

I also think it would have been difficult to rig the vote because I just don’t think the people in charge of the election were smart enough to pull it off, and the ones that were smart enough wouldn’t be able to train the monkeys in the room.

I guess we will never know.

But where our discussion got interesting was when we asked the question, “If it was rigged would it matter today?”

Probably not.

It was an advisory vote and essentially the city council approved the building and the bonds. All the public really did was ‘give an opinion’. It’s kind of like the proposed Walmart on the Southside and the zoning issue approved by the voters. Just because the voters approved the zoning there are still many legal angles preventing WM from building.

In other words, even if it was discovered today that the EC vote was rigged, there really isn’t much we can do about it now. We are proud owners of another white elephant in Sioux Falls.

Where does this mysterious ‘A’ rating come from?

Is our local news media, especially TV media, lazy slobs? Well maybe not slobs, Brady Mallory is a pretty spiffy dresser, but after watching and listening to this story, I am clueless as to who or what gave the Events Center an ‘A’ rating.

First Stormland TV takes a shot at it;

A member of the concert and ticketing giant Live Nation was also on hand Friday night and had a list of things to change. Torkildson says that list should be seen as great news.

“He said at the end of the night, if I’m giving you things of this nature, you guys did a great job.

So did ‘Live Nation’ give that rating? There is no mention in the story who gave the rating.

Let’s have KDLT take a shot at it;

After having a weekend to reflect on the first major concert at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center, organizers are giving the event a solid “A” grade.

So SMG, who manages the EC gave themselves the grade? That is interesting. That’s like giving myself an A+ rating in the love making department. “She seemed to enjoy herself, and I got off, so that is a passing grade.”

I guess I can’t blame SMG for giving themselves such high marks, we wouldn’t expect them to come out and say, “Gawd, we totally suck!” But, really, the media shouldn’t allow SMG to just grade themselves. Notice in either story no patrons were interviewed after the event.

I give the TV stations a ‘C’ for ‘Clueless’ once again on how to do a news story.

$117 Million dollars gone in 14 minutes

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UPDATE: Get ready for a ‘Parking Apocolypse’ at the EC tonight.

UPDATE: Okay, I am wrong once in awhile. I talked to some concert goers a bit ago. They told me several positive things, so I am trying to save face. They said the parking was fine, that the lines at concessions moved fast, and it was truly sold out. They also said the bathrooms (mens) went smooth. They said the only negative was that the women’s bathrooms had long lines.

Hey, KDLT, I posted about this in July, glad you finally woke up and did a story about it. I was a little off in my post, it was a date change instead of a location change. I will have to give them credit though, they were the only local MSM to report about the change that had been rescheduled months  ago;

Going to a high school football game is supposed to be fun. But, for the Washington Warriors and Huron Tigers, Thursday night’s game lost its luster. The game was rescheduled from Friday to Thursday thanks to a sold-out concert at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center.

City leaders claim there is enough parking around the events center for big events. Their latest request to have this football game rescheduled though proves there might not be enough spots to go around if there is more than one event taking place.

Sue Crell, concerned parent said, “During the discussion time when they were thinking of building the premier center and the whole nine yards, issues about the parking were always brought up.”

If the city is worried about 1,500 fans affecting the parking at the EC, we are going to have some issues. I suspect parking tonight out there will be a nightmare. Good luck Aldean fans.

The funny part is that the city probably wants parking issues at these sold out events so they can push for a parking ramp at the location. I guess city employees have even joked (rumor) about building a ramp in administration meetings. I think the comment was, “We’ll just build a ramp in a couple of years.”