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Basketball fans excited The Summit League will stick around in Sioux Falls

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It's a big weekend for Sioux Falls as it hosts the fifth Summit League tournament.

The event brings more than 40,000 people into the city with Saturday's games sold out.

KSFY News was there and spoke with some SDSU fans who saw the women play earlier, now it's the men's turn.

South Dakota State faces Indiana-Purdue Saturday night.

Members of the crowd told us they're excited to be seeing some March Madness in Sioux Falls for at least another five years.

Alicia Cornemann, mother of SDSU Jack Rabbit  number 22, Chloe Cornemann, believes the Denny Sanford Premiere Center will make a good, new home for The Summit League.

"I believe it shows The Summit League that we're serious. We want to host it here. That we can sell out today. And we just tried to get a ticket for tonight's game and it's going to be pretty hard," Cornemann said.

The Summit League just signed a five-year contract in October to stay in Sioux Falls, with an option to stay another five years after that.

SDSU fan Norman Lingle said he's happy the games will stick around for selfish reasons, he wants to keep them close to home.

"It certainly shows that the commitment is there. That the state of South Dakota, the city of Sioux Falls, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University, value having the tournament here in Sioux Falls. By the event center coming, I think it will just ensure that hopefully it will remain here for a much much longer time," Lingle said.

Rachel Paula agreed, she hopes The Summit League will enjoy moving into the Denny Sanford Premiere Center in 2015 and for many more years to come.

"Maybe they should just do it permanently. I think it's going to be a beautiful events center. you get the draw from South Dakota, people really support the game and this area. It's a huge draw of population," Paula said.

The fans aren't the only ones excited about the future of the tournament in Sioux Falls.

The head of the Sioux Falls Sports Authority also is eager to move the games into its new home next door in 2015.

until then -- the arena is the place to be this weekend.

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