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The Sioux Falls Arena may have a viable future

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With a new events center on the horizon, city leaders tell us they have no plans to take a wrecking ball to the Sioux Falls Arena.

So what does the future hold for the 52-year-old building?

KSFY News spoke with city leaders Friday to find out.

There's quite a contrast between the new Denny Sanford PREMIER Center and the Sioux Falls Arena.

Inside the PREMIER Center, they're painting the walls and putting up sheet rock.

And over at the Arena, there was silence.

But it won't stay quiet for long, they're already planning it's second act.

While crews continue working on the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center, the existing arena's future will be anything but silent.

Sioux Falls Arena General Manager Terry Torkildson said "you'll see a drop off. It's not going to be maintained at the level it has over the past few years, with the number of events we've done because we'll move the majority over to the new events center but it will still be a very active building and a very important part of the complex."

With sports teams like the Stampede moving on to the newer building next door, Torkildson hopes to fill these seats for other events.

"There's always smaller, unique things that you can do in here, anything from a place for teenagers to go on the weekend, we can bring in local bands, and fill the place up that way, there's just lots of options out there and we're exploring all of them," Torkildson said.

City leaders believe keeping the arena up and running allows for more events.

Sioux Falls Project Manager Kendra Siemonsma said "it offers this tremendous opportunity to bring in conventions, acts and events that will utilize all three spaces, but it also gives us the power to have more available dates.  In the entertainment industry, if you talk to SMG (management), it's important to have available dates."

And one of Torkildson's fondest memories at the arena is bringing in the Summit League Tournament.

"When we pulled that one off, and showed what we can do, I think last year there were over 40,000 people through the building during that tournament, is really one of the crowning achievements," Torkildson said.

"There's lots of memories here but we're going to create bigger and better ones in the new building," Torkildson added.

Torkildson tells us the Shrine Circus will stay at the Arena. They'll welcome the Home Show  in 2015.  And he's also in talks with bringing in the derby team the Roller Dolls, as well as a few acts to be announced.

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