SMG Awarded Management Contract


SMG, the world leader in venue management, marketing and development, will manage a new 12,000 seat arena in Sioux Falls set to open in the fall of 2014, which will be the largest such facility between Omaha and Fargo, and Minneapolis and Denver.

The Denny Sanford PREMIER Center will host sporting events, concerts, conventions, banquets and more. The center will add more than 30,000 square feet of flat floor space to the already existing facilities in Sioux Falls—the Sioux Falls Convention Center and Sioux Falls Arena—for a combined total of 132,000 square feet within the entire complex.

SMG will continue managing the 51-year old Sioux Falls Arena, Convention Center, and 686-seat Historic Orpheum Theater.

Terry Torkildson, general manager of SMG- Sioux Falls, said bringing all operations under one company will make things easier for meeting and event planners and allow staff flexibility to book at all four venues, depending on which is the best fit.

SMG operates 220 public assembly facilities including arenas, stadiums, theaters and convention centers. Those facilities all work together to help bring in talent.

The Sioux Falls City Council has approved a title sponsorship package worth $18.75 million with First Premier Bank, Premier Bankcard and Sanford Health which will provide $750,000 a year for 25 years. Sanford Health also will make a one-time $2 million cash donation for a center hung scoreboard and other video components for the facility.

About SMG

SMG is the world leader in venue management, marketing and development. Founded in 1977, SMG provides management services to more than 220 public assembly facilities including arenas, stadiums, theatres and performing arts centers, equestrian facilities and convention, congress and exhibition cen¬ters. With facilities across the globe, SMG manages more than 14 million square feet (1.4 million square meters) of exhibition space and over 1.5 million sports and entertainment seats. As the recognized global industry leader, SMG provides venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming, construction and design consulting, and pre-opening services. For more information visit