While Great Shots has been closed, other entities were still operating

At about 1 PM today I drove past several places in the Sanford Sports Complex, this is what I saw. Great Shots had only two cars in the parking lot and appeared to be shut down. Power and Grace and the Iceplex only had one car in each of the parking lots and seemed to be shut down. The MatchPointe throughout the week has several cars in their lot but today was down to about four. The Pentagon however (first picture below) had over a dozen cars and I saw people showing up dressed for basketball practice and gym bags. At the Fieldhouse I saw over 20 vehicles in the lot. This tells me they are still operating. These facilities, according to the new ordinance passed need to be shut down, especially considering their connection to a healthcare facility.

If we are going to shame private business on social media for being open and endangering lives, the big boys have to play by the same rules.


#1 D@ily Spin on 03.27.20 at 9:25 pm

Restrictions happened late this week. It’s a matter of gearing down and cleaning. If they’re open next week, they’re subject to city citation. The city can make these rules but they’re unenforceable. They don’t allow appeals into court so they can be ignored. On one hand the public should respect the city. On the other, the charter is not democracy. After what I endured in State Supreme Court against the city. I support those that oppose the city with protest. Yes, the virus is a threat but individual liberty is more important. This is a perfect opportunity for revolt. Open the restaurants and bars. Prove that the city is a loud barking dog with no bite.

#2 D@ily Spin on 03.27.20 at 9:30 pm

They turned off my water tonight. I have to ferry 5 gallon cans from the river to flush my toilet. Childish, try a harassing unjustified code enforcer or collectible parking tickets on my combat veteran license plates. It’s more grown up.

#3 "Very Stable Genius" on 03.27.20 at 11:41 pm

But you don’t understand, this so called social-distancing does not apply to the cosmonauts amongst us. They are a privileged group.

Plus, remember that their satellite entity, which is a part of their Compact, was the last major bank in Siouxland, or is that Sanfordland, to acknowledge the COVID-19 crisis, and thus educate its employees and customers on the matter.

In my opinion, they are reluctantly saving grandma.

(and Woodstock adds: “If you don’t save the grandmas, then there is no economy”… “They often are the ones who feed and baby sit the kids for free”….)

#4 Missin' the Gym on 03.28.20 at 7:51 am

Could the people going to the Pentagon be heading to the PT department?

#5 LJL on 03.28.20 at 10:11 am

I’m connected to the local youth baseball community. Some of the parents are going way too far to keep their children practicing during the shutdown.

Pathetic men trying to relive their own failed sports youth. I’d love to name names but that would be wrong. Let’s just say the new Little League should be ashamed of themselves.

#6 scott on 03.28.20 at 11:27 am

i bet video lottery has their best weekend ever this week. it will be interesting to see if the state ever releases the numbers. thanks for facilitating the spread south dakota.

#7 The Guy From Guernsey on 03.28.20 at 11:42 am

If those entering The Pentagon were HS-age, would not preclude a local HS basketball team gathering for some unsanctioned, unsupervised practice time (leaving the Activities Director and coaching staff with plausible deniability).
The glorified gym teachers associated with the SDHSAA still harbor hope that they will hold a state basketball tournament, not withstanding the fact that the MN HS League has acknowledged a national health crisis and cancelled their State Basketball tournament.