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SF city councilor on the new events center: "We need to make money on this"

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You were first to see it live on KSFY News at 5:00 Thursday night.

An exciting moment for many Sioux Falls city leaders and community members as their gold shovels are making it official. They're breaking ground on the new Denny Sanford PREMIER Center.

"One big thing on my platform was to build a new events center for this city and for this state and we're going to do it," Huether said.

Mayor Mike Huether unveiled his plan for this project when he took office two years ago. But it wasn't easy. We heard debate on where this events center should be built, downtown or near the current arena. Many people also questioned the cost. Last November in a record voter turnout, you passed the $115 million project to be built at the arena.

Now as the new events center starts taking shape, a Sioux Falls city councilor wants to stay on track.

"After we get it constructed we have to make sure we make money on this and that's what we should be doing right now. We shouldn't be complacent and let the building just go up. We need to think about marketing and making money on this facility," Kermit Staggers said.

Huether says the facility has a $750,000 a year head start, which is from sponsors so he's confident it will make money.

In early August, the events center was officially named the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center. First Premier Bank, Premier Bankcard and Sanford Health are the official title sponsors. It's a milestone many didn't think would happen.

"We've been talking about this for 13 years and it's not just a dream of mine but community leaders and citizens in our town," Huether said.

And after all this time it's happening.

"Now they're coming out and saying hallelujah and we did. We did it," Huether said.

You can watch construction taking shape right at your computer. The city has set up a live camera on their website. The city's link is located above.

The project is set for completion in the fall of 2014.

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