Bill to keep state tournaments in small communities fails - KOTA Territory News

Bill to keep state tournaments in small communities fails


South Dakota lawmakers shoot down a bill that would keep state sports tournaments in small communities around the state.
House bill 1088 would've require the high school activities association to continue to hold state tournaments in certain smaller municipal venues, unless the site is no longer capable of hosting.

Proponents for the bill said smaller South Dakota Cities like Vermillion and Huron benefit economically and socially from the tournaments and large group of participants that come through.

Opponents argued many smaller cities lack the facilities, such as hotels and restaurants, necessary to accomodate large groups of participants.

But aside from providing an economic boost, backers of the bill said it is encouraging to the local athletes.
"It attempts to showcase your athletes, showcase your activities, and participants. It gives those kids the state tournament experience at home. And it's able to showcase those kids locally," said Darren Paulson, Activities Director at Central High School. 

Meanwhile, construction continues on the new $115 million dollar Sioux Falls Denny Sanford Premiere center. Once it's complete in 2014, the arena will be able to hold up to 12,000 people.

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