Now that a decision from city leaders is final, Mayor Mike Huether says it feels good to be over the hump.
"Not only was I excited to get it over with but I think the people of Sioux Falls wanted it over a long, long time ago," Huether said.
He's not the only one to agree.
"I think it's nice they're actually moving forward with it and making those steps. Making those milestones," Craig McCarthy said.
Craig McCarthy is an employee downtown and would rather see a new events center built there. But regardless, he knows more decisions require more time.
"It's going to be a process and it should have even been a bigger process than they've made it if it's going to be around for 40 or 50 years," McCarthy said.
Huether knows the talk about a location may have taken a little too much time. Now, there is a lot more that needs to be done.
"The location of this events center is not the most important piece. It certainly took a lot of time and we got through it so now we're going to move on," Huether said.
And it's finally time to move on.
"I've been chomping at the bit to move onto the next piece. The one I consider most important. That's the funding and the financing and the expense side of this project," Mayor Mike Huether said.
As a leader of this city, he's ready to take those challenges head on.