The Denny Sanford PREMIER Center

Driving Economic Growth & Enhancing Community Life

Denny Sanford Premier Center building

Supporting and promoting the communities we serve is a value that stands at the core of First PREMIER. One high profile example of our commitment to community is the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls.


As the largest publicly-funded project in Sioux Falls history, the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center is South Dakota’s largest indoor venue. The building was completed in 2014 and has seating capacity for approximately 12,000 spectators.


Philanthropist T. Denny Sanford and First PREMIER Bank/PREMIER Bankcard were strong supporters of the facility’s construction. In consideration of this support, the City of Sioux Falls signed a 25-year agreement with PREMIER and Sanford Health for naming rights to the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center. The $20 million agreement is believed to be one of the largest of its kind in U.S. history.


Today, the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center hosts the NCAA Summit League Basketball Tournament and is home to the Sioux Falls Storm IFL football team and the Sioux Falls Stampede USHL hockey team. It also attracts world-class entertainment to the Sioux Falls area, providing a significant boost to the local economy.


In 2017, the center sold more than 709,000 tickets and its net operating budget topped $2 million. The facility also helps fill local hotels, restaurants and businesses.


“The facility has an impact upon our entire community,” said First PREMIER Bank CEO Dana Dykhouse. “A large percentage of people attending the events are from outside our community. They purchase tickets, they eat in restaurants, they fill their tanks with gas and many of them spend the night and do a little shopping.”


In addition to enhancing community life and supporting the local economy, the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center is becoming a favorite with today’s hottest performers and entertainers. The center was nominated for the Academy of Country Music’s Venue of the Year in 2015-17 and was named one of the 50 busiest concert venues in the world. In 2017, Venues Today ranked the building eighth in the United States and 13th in the world among venues with capacities between 10,000 and 15,000 based on gross ticket sales for touring events.


To learn about upcoming events at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center or to purchase tickets, visit: www.dennysanfordpremiercenter.com.