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Arena location chosen, but not by all Sioux Falls council members

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It was a packed house at the Sioux Falls council chambers Monday night. Even the overflow room was full of people.

And that's because many people were anxious to know where council members want an events center built. At the arena/convention center location or downtown near Cherapa Place?

A decision was finally decided early Tuesday morning.

The majority of council members want the events center built at the arena location.

There was a tie vote between council members and the mayor made the deciding vote.

Here's how council voted: Erpenbach, Aguilar, Brown and Jamison voted for a downtown location. Karsky, Rolfing, Anderson and Entenman voted for the arena location. The mayor made the deciding decision and voted for the arena location.

There were 23 items on the agenda Monday night and this topic was last. Council got to the events center topic around 10:15 p.m. Monday. The meeting started at 7 p.m. and didn't end until after midnight. Many people hung around to speak out where they think an events center should be built. There was a lot of downtown supporters along with a few arena supporters. Here's what some had to say.

"I feel Sioux Falls is so close to just being in the next level and I feel an events center would do that in downtown Sioux Falls."

"If you build it downtown my big question is where are you going to go? How are they going to get in and out of there? Have you been there when there is a Pavilion event?"

So where do we go from here? Mayor Mike Huether has some answers.

"We focus on what the most important piece and that's funding and the expense side of the equation and not like we've been working on yet but being even more aggressively now because we need to," Mayor Mike Huether said.

So just because council voted for the arena location, the mayor says this decision is not set in stone. Moving forward there could be a public vote this November but it is up to city council to decide if that will happen.

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