The Citizen's Network Against the Events Center knew it was going to be a tough fight, but the group's leader Bob Barclay says it was still hard to throw in the towel.
"We're disappointed we didn't win but at the same time we gave it a good shot, we worked hard." Said Barclay.
The "Citizen's Network" ran a grass roots effort to oppose the city's plan to build an events center and established a strong following in the short five weeks prior to Tuesday's election.
Group supporter Kermit Staggers says even though this wasn't the outcome he was hoping for, he is more than pleased with the voter turnout.
"Citizen's on both sides of the issue can be very proud of the nice election and campaign where the issues were discussed and people listened intently and people were very civil this is the kind of election we want to have in Sioux Falls." Said Staggers.
Barclay says the group is not going to disband, but they will change their name.
"I believe we need to come together as a city and as a people to support what the people of Sioux Falls have done, we say we're the citizen's network, we support the citizen's of Sioux Falls." Said Barclay.
Barclay says the next step is to do everything he can to show his support for the events center as the city gets ready to break ground on this large investment in Sioux Falls' future.