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Fight continues to keep state tournaments on a rotation

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With the opening of the Sanford Arena in Sioux Falls next year, plus a newly constructed athletic facility, communities across the state feel more pressure than ever before to compete for state tournaments in their hometowns.
 
In the past decade, the South Dakota High School Activities Association (SDHAA) has pushed for state tournaments to be held in Sioux Falls.  SDHAA board members have cited an array of different reasons why Sioux Falls is a more ideal place to hold the tournaments.  Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Director Brian Maliske says the Association claims more high schools, more people and better facilities are just cause to move the tournaments.  Maliske, and people in the hospitality industry West River, aren't happy about it.  For one, the tournaments bring millions to the communities where they're held, and Maliske says changing the venue each year is a positive experience for the students.
 
Last year, a bill that would have forced the high school activities association to change the venue regularly was killed almost immediately.

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