Summit League Tournament fans look to the future

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) - SDSU and USD fans will remember this day for a while. Two championship rivalry games played in one day at the Summit League Tournament.

Fans had to dodge wintry weather to make their way to the games.

"We decided to stay an extra night just because of the weather," SDSU fan Ryan Jensen said. Jensen said his family is heading back to Omaha, Neb. tomorrow.

On the women's side, a big crowd showed up to watch SDSU prevail.

On the men's side, Coyotes fan Carter Mart says, he needs his team to win.

"We lost to them last year, and that was embarassing," Mart said.

Now basketball isn't the only thing drawing the fans. The venue is truly a hit.

"This Sanford Center is just great. It's probably one of the nicest facilities I have been at," NDSU fan Todd Eliason said.

"It's a great tournament. As a football coach you get to see a lot of athletic events. To come up here and see the amount of people who show up for this event, and the way they run it, it's a first class operation," USD Head Football coach Bob Nielson said.

Tickets have been on sale since Saturday for next year, and they are going at a fast pace.

"I don't think there are any lower bowl tickets left for 2019," Sports Authority Executive Director Bryan Miller said.

The tourney is here until 2022, Miller says they will likely bid for the coming years in 2020.

Recently the Summit League tournament in Sioux Falls has set many records including a big one last year when USD and SDSU were head-to-head in the semifinals. That semifinal session on March 6, 2017 drew record attendance of 11,235 fans. Omaha played IUPUI in the other game that session.