The saying goes 'If you build it, they will come,' -- Sioux Falls is learning just how true those words are.
Wednesday we learned between 2015 and 2018 the city will host multiple NCAA Division II tournaments.
The first crowds will begin the visiting Sioux Falls in late 2015.
A very exciting day and that includes businesses.
When tourists come for these sporting events, they will need places to stay and places to eat. This will keep local dollars flowing right back into the community.
The hard work from the players involved in making this a reality paid off. And it will continue to pay off for years to come.
Not only will this be a chance to show off the new facilities Sioux Falls has but the economic is sure to be huge.
"You just think about the hotels and the restaurants and the retail gas stations and the rental car agencies and the airlines. This is just the frosting on the cake for those businesses," said Teri Ellis Schmidt, Sioux Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau.
With the added foot traffic from tourists to these sporting events in Sioux Falls, you can bet hotels will be at capacity.
"It's exciting. We always look for ways to get our brand out there and our name out there. And this is a great opportunity not only for our hotel, but all the hotels in Sioux Falls -- to really showcase what we have to offer for guests and travelers that are coming through here," said Dan Meyer, Residence Inn Assistant General Manager.
Meyer says it's no surprise to him that Sioux Falls was chosen to play host to these big name tournaments. He says it was only a matter of time before the city was given the opportunity to host events of this magnitude.
"We're really going to open some eyes because I think a lot of people don't know what to expect coming here and they're going to find the best service you're every going to experience. They can really see what Sioux Falls hospitality is about," said Meyer.
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