Events Center Campus Book Club recommendations

Here are some slides from the meeting. Hope to have a video up later today.


#1 Tired of Spending for the Elites on 08.21.19 at 1:23 pm

I see the average yearly operating loss of $614,000 for the Arena is similar to the operating loss of our new indoor swimming water hole built for the elites.

Why are we always building tax draining playgrounds or specialties to help/enhance certain business? Let’s focus our tax dollars on the crappy streets in this community.

I am thoroughly disgusted with all the unnecessary spending in this community!!!!!!!!!!!!

#2 l3wis on 08.21.19 at 1:55 pm

Kind of sounds like someone needs a nice glass of wine, a bag of gourmet popcorn and good romantic comedy to ease the stress. I know just place!

#3 sports fan on 08.21.19 at 2:05 pm

if we’re tearing down facilities and rebuilding on the same spot to try to attract an ncaa basketball game, the people running this show are either stupider than i first thought, in the hip pocket of one kelby k, or both. the problem isn’t the convention center, the problem is the cvb and ms schmidt unable to do a good job. they always seem to need something more than we have to get the “big shows.” lots of excuses, not many results.

#4 l3wis on 08.21.19 at 2:14 pm

Yeah, we can certainly have a conversation about needing more parking, hotel rooms, flat floor space and bad location, but we know already our poor air service and cold weather for 5 months isn’t very appealing for conventions. Just look at Pheasant Fest, while it had good attendance, most people drove to it and didn’t spend the night.

#5 Blasphemo on 08.21.19 at 2:57 pm

Got to admit: the comparison of available convention space with other northern tier state metro areas is kinda startling. Sioux Falls is certainly lagging in that comparo.

#6 scott on 08.21.19 at 4:41 pm

other than people from bumfuck, sd who gets excited about a convention in sioux falls?

#7 Save the Arena! on 08.21.19 at 6:22 pm

As a nation, we have already lost too many mid-century buildings.

Given that the Events Center is beginning to sit empty, maybe Jamison was right that we should have renovated the Arena instead of building the EC.

Messing with the Arena only makes the local developers richer, that is what this is really all about.

#8 Wondering on 08.21.19 at 6:25 pm

I noticed the member of the task force interviewed on KELO works for Mark Mickelson. I wonder how many more on the task force represent contractors.

Do you suppose the average citizen, with nothing to gain financially, was represented? Who compiled the task force list of participants?

#9 scott on 08.21.19 at 6:38 pm

the respondents to the survey want to keep the arena and the baseball park. the committee recommends tearing both down. i’m sure they also recommend that legacy/boomerang/lamont be awarded the construction contracts as well.

#10 Have we bought Greenland yet? on 08.21.19 at 7:42 pm

I say we go with “Boomerang.” The name is catchy and you just can’t stop it from coming back.

(“Say, is there anything else we can tear down to help our local contractors?”….(“How about the Bunker Ramp?…”I am still not sure what that one is all about.”….))

#11 Lemming on 08.21.19 at 9:55 pm

In the end, a majority of the council will approve some major spending package to the delight of their their business associates. A place to buy season tickets, get an impressive skybox and flash that cash.
We the taxpayer will pay for it. Same stuff, different day.

#12 D@ily Spin on 08.22.19 at 9:22 am

If everyone is so anxious to demolish the convention center and baseball stadium, go ahead. However, leave the space empty. Obviously, anything built at this location is unprofitable. Tear it down and give us the chance to vote for another something. We’ll keep the space empty. The city should consider itself lucky to have the draw. Tearing these down will take 2 years. Building something new will take 3. How much tourist draw and tax revenue is lost during this time.