Rapid City's largest Basketball tournament to move venues? - KOTA Territory News

Rapid City's largest Basketball tournament to move venues?


An event that's been part of Rapid City for more than three decades could be jeopardy of re-locating their activities to Sioux Falls according to Civic Center employees. 

The 36th Annual Lakota Nations Invitational started Wednesday at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.

But now with the construction of a new sports complex in Sioux Falls some are worried the event will change venues.
Civic Center General Manager Brian Maliske says the event has grown ever year, and expects this year to be the biggest yet.

He says by the end of the week more than 33,000 tickets will be sold and more than 40,000 people will have come through the doors.

But the new construction of the arena and sports center in Sioux Falls, would be 40 percent larger than the Civic Center in Rapid City, be state of the art, and feature five times as many basketball courts.

And that has Maliske concerned, "There's no way the LNI doesn't look at that possibility of how they could play very quickly, under one roof, in one or two days. So yes, we do look at the possibility that they could try to lure the LNI away from us."
The LNI is the largest basketball tournament the Civic Center sees during the year, with 32 teams from 16 different communities.

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