Let me start by saying that if I am at an event at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center it’ll almost surely be related to my work in someway. I’m not a concert guy or a live sporting event guy; I’m not really even a big crowd guy.
But, my undiagnosed Agoraphobia aside, anything that is good for Sioux Falls is a net positive all around. Sioux Falls is a city and we need to act like it. The days of pretending that SF is, was, or has ever been a small town are gone.
These are the things cities need to survive. It must continue to diversify its economy so we can stave off Rust Belt-like issues. I’m not a big fan of blind hometown pride for the sake of hometown pride, but to continue our high quality of life things like the PREMIER Center will be part of it.
Yes, this city is full of whiners. Maybe it’s a small, loudmouthed fraction of the population, but they could ruin it for everybody. Mainly by focusing their disappointment and anger at the wrong places.
Getting mad at a building because Beyonce or Garth or Metallica haven’t stopped by our little slice of heaven is pointless. Concert promoters bring in the shows and they have to prove to booking agencies that there is an audience that will spend money and go to the show.
Sioux Falls is a new-ish market. Bookers know that they can make X amount of profit in Fargo or Sioux City, they have track records. Maybe after this year Sioux Falls will too.
But, what do I know. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go hide in my house and connect to the world Sandra Bullock in The Net style.