The Sanford Pentagon opened to the public for the first time today.
Area sports fans celebrated the opening with an inaugural volleyball tournament.
But the Pentagon is just the beginning of a growing development in northwest Sioux Falls.
The Pentagon offers facilities which can keep people healthy, not to mention nutritional advice and sports medicine.
But the general manager tells us, the sports complex also will be an economic driver, generating $35 million dollars in business for Sioux Falls.
Let the games begin.
The Sanford Pentagon welcomes it's first spectators as the first teams hit the courts.
Sports fan Lori Remily said "it's awesome, it's awesome, it's a nice big place, a lot of space, nice seating, not a bad seat in the house so far. nice and clean, every where you look there's somebody standing for information or anything you need."
And as Sanford Pentagon general manager Eric Larsen explains, anything else you might need could be found right outside the Pentagon's doors.
"We're opening now, Beef O'Brady's, the new restaurant is opening in the next couple days, and the hotel opened on Thursday, so we really have a lot of things to offer people out here and we're going to offer some great events to go along with those," Larsen said.
But volleyball, basketball, a restaurant, and a hotel are just the beginning of what sports fans can expect to see here.
"Our vision for this is that it really does become a small community, with retail and more hospitality pieces out here, as our numbers grow on the complex," Larsen said.
And Larsen isn't just looking at the number of sports fans in the stands. He's looking at the future.
"It's a part of town where we think there's going to be great development in the next ten years and we wanted to be there," Larsen said.
The Pentagon was five years in the making.
We asked Eric where did the idea for the Pentagon and the sports complex come from, and he said, like all good ideas, it came from a brainstorming session.
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