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South Dakotans proud to keep Summit League games in Sioux Falls

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The Summit League tipped off four days of some March Madness right here in our area today.

Last October,  the league signed a five-year deal to stay in Sioux Falls.

And South Dakota basketball fans are happy to have the games so close to home.

Saturday marks the beginning of The Summit League's next five years in Sioux Falls.

And South Dakota basketball fans couldn't be more excited about it.

South Dakotans take pride in keeping The Summit League right here in Sioux Falls.

SDSU Fan Rachel Paula said "we love it because it's close to home and we're attached to the group. I think it's an awesome thing. It's a good thing for Sioux Falls and the whole state of South Dakota."

And while South Dakotans are happy to have The Summit League so close to home, the tournament will move into a new home,  the Denny Sanford Premiere Center in 2015.

Sioux Falls Sports Authority executive director Wes Hall said "having that on the horizon is a huge play on the contract negotiations. to bring it in to a new 12,000 seat arena. good for the league in general."

SDSU Jack Rabbits fan Norman Lingle believes it makes sense to keep The Summit League in Sioux Falls.

"I think Sioux Falls and the state of South Dakota have shown, when you look at the attendance records, and they're being broken every year, I think this is a good venue for this to happen," Lingle said.

South Dakota basketball fans are very enthusiastic but the excitement is building next door to the Sioux Falls arena as we have one more year to enjoy the games here until we grab our seats at the Denny Sanford Premiere Center. the summit league tournament continues through Monday the 12th.

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