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What comes next for the Sioux Falls events center?

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The proposed Sioux Falls events center passed on Tuesday with one of the largest voter turnouts the county auditors office has ever seen.

But now, what are the next steps the city of Sioux Falls needs to take in going forth with building an events center.

The debate has gone on for the past year but Mayor Mike Huether says what we've seen through renderings of the events center is just the tip of the iceberg.

Chances are you've seen the video before of what the new events center is supposed to look like.

But Mayor Huether says the building design is only 35% completed.

"We want to finish that and get the design completed because it's something we're going to be living with for the next 50-60 years and we want to do it right." Said Mayor Huether.

Mayor Huether says, when completed, the building will have a Sioux Falls and South Dakota flair.

The design teams from Sink Combs Dethlefs and Mortenson Construction will finish the events center design in the next few months.

The first shovel in the dirt is expected in August of next year.

"Sioux Falls, we've waited 13 years but if you can wait another 6-7 months you're going to see a lot more activity and then just like that we're going to have a new events center in our town." Said Mayor Huether.

People were divided by the events center debate but opponents like councilman Greg Jamison say Tuesday night's vote really showed the city is adamant about building now. 

Jamison says it's now his job to make sure the people get what they asked for and the city delivers on its promise.

"I think the whole council will be supportive and try and make this events center as a big and successful as it could be and should be." Said Jamison.

The Conventions and Visitors Bureau as well as the Sports Authority will start recruiting events for when the doors to the events center finally open.

But the mayor is also taking suggestions for the events center's opening act.

"Let me know, what do you want at the first event? what should we do how do we celebrate and come together as a community and be proud of what we were able to accomplish." Said Mayor Huether.

The next step for the city council is to approve the sale of bonds to purchase the events center for $115 million.

But the final price tag is something that won't be decided until the designs for the events center are approved.

The mayor believes that will happen in the next 3 to 4 months.

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