The Sioux Falls Arena will have a new basketball court in time for next month's Summit League Basketball Tournament.
The court, which costs almost $100,000 and will be paid for by the city, will be installed March 7, two days before the four-day, 16-team Summit tournament begins. The floor will also be used during the state Class AA boys basketball tournament, which is March 14-16.
The city announced the new court during a news conference Tuesday. The court will have the Summit League logo stained at center court with the words "Sioux Falls" at each baseline. The new court, unlike the current Arena basketball court, also meets a new NCAA rule set last year regarding decal logos on the court, said Wes Hall, Sioux Falls Sports Authority executive director.
The new court will then be taken out and set aside until the new Denny Sanford PREMIER Center is completed, which is scheduled to open late next year.
In October, Sioux Falls was awarded a five-year contract to host the tournament. The agreement runs through 2017 with a mutual option to extend for five more years. The tournament has set records in attendance since Sioux Falls started to host it in 2009. Last year's attendance was 40,269.
"Currently we are on pace to break that mark again here in 2013," Hall said.
The court will also be easier to remove to transitions to other events like hockey in the same day.
Courtesy: SF Sports Authority