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Group gets sneak peek at Denny Sanford Premier Center site

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Right now, it looks like a dirt lot but some see green in that dirt.

We're talking about the site of the Denny Sanford Premier Center.

We're going to have practice a little patience as it will be about two years before we can attend events there.

KSFY News took a tour of the construction site today.

It's almost hard to imagine in less than two years we'll be able to walk through the doors of the Denny Sanford Premier Center.

We took a tour with a group called the Young Professionals Network.

They say its exciting to see the idea for the center turned into a reality.

The Sioux falls business organization got a sneak peek of what will become the Denny Sanford Premier Center.

Young Professionals Network member Garrett Wilson said "it's wonderful to see the event center to start as an idea, to a vote on a ballot, to a computer screen and a vision. And now, a very nice dirt pile."

Wilson said the future of Sioux falls is within this dirt lot.

"We're young professionals in Sioux Falls. This is our future. So not only investing in the future for ourselves, but future generations and helping that development and growth," Wilson said.

Seeing the plans for what the center will look like caught the eye of Jen Rothenbuehler.

"I think it will keep more of our younger generations in the city, attending concerts and various events at the new venue so I think it will help stimulate the economy and do great things for or city," Rothenbuehler said.

And the outlook for getting the center open for concerts and events in 2014? So far, so good.

Jason Miranowski, Mortenson Construction, said "the project so far has been going along very smooth. We've had a couple of hiccups here and there but the schedule has not been jeopardized on it. The crews have been working hard out there and they've been able to maintain the schedule."

Wilson sees value in having the new center built so close to home.

"Bringing in different venues, different populations and really just putting money into our development and city, instead of going to Sioux city, Fargo, and Minneapolis," Wilson said.

Right now, if you take a look at the site, there isn't much to see as they are still working on the foundation.

The first steel shipments are scheduled to arrive in January so it won't be too long before we see the center start to take shape.

Miranowski says the building will stand about one hundred feet tall when it's completed.

The Denny Sanford Premier Center is scheduled to open in the fall of 2014.

In the meantime, the city set up a webcam to follow the progress until opening day.

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