March Madness About To Begin At The Sanford Pentagon

March Madness About To Begin At The Sanford Pentagon


STATE MEN TIPPED-OFF AT 6:00 AGAINST CONCORDIA-ST. PAUL, WHILE AUGUSTANA AND USF STEP ONTO THE COURT AT FROM SIOUX FALLS ARENA, TRAVIS FOSSING, KELOLAND SPORTS. THAT TOURNAMENT WILL SOON HEAD OVER TO THE SANFORD PENTAGON FOR A CRAZY FEW DAYS OF BASKETBALL. IN FACT, THE FACILITY WILL HOST 46 BASKETBALL GAMES IN JUST 12 DAYS AND THE MADNESS TIPS OFF THIS FRIDAY. “WELL WE ARE READY FOR IT, IT CERTAINLY IS MADNESS FOR US, OUT HERE,” JESSE SMITH OF THE SANFORD SPORTS COMPLEX SAID. JESS SMITH, THE DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS AT THE SANFORD SPORTS COMPLEX, SAYS PREPARING FOR 46 GAMES IN 12 DAYS HAS BEEN A LOT OF WORK. “ONCE THE GAMES GET GOING, ONCE THE BALL IS IN THE AIR AND WE ARE TIPPED OFF, THEY KIND OF RUN THEMSELVES, SO REALLY THE SAID. AS DIRECTOR OF THE SPORTS AUTHORITY, IT’S THOMAS LEE’S JOB TO BRING THESE GAMES TO SIOUX FALLS. “SO, WE ARE BRINGING THEM ONTO OUR CAMPUS, WE’RE SHOWING THEM FACILITIES LIKE THIS, WE ARE SHOWING THEM OUR HOTEL COMMUNITY; EASY ACCESS TO GET HERE WITH THE INTERSTATES AND AIRPORT CLOSE BY, SO WE ARE JUST RECRUITING AND HOPING WE’RE DOING OUR JOB PRETTY WELL,” LEE SAID. THE SANFORD PENTAGON STAFF SAY THE GAME OF BASKETBALL OUT HERE ON THE COURT DOESN’T CHANGE, BUT BEHIND THE SCENES, THAT’S A WHOLE DIFFERENT BALL GAME. THAT’S BECAUSE THEY HAVE TO TRANSITION FROM PRO BASKETBALL TO COLLEGE BASKETBALL. “THEY ALL HAVE DIFFERENT LAYOUTS, SOME OF THE SEATING “FOR US ONE OF THE UNKNOWNS IS THE WEATHER YOU CAN NEVER TELL IF WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A STORM TO DEAL WITH,” SMITH SAID. “WHEN IT’S OVER IT’S GOING TO COME TO A SCREECHING HALT, SO IT’LL BE QUIET, IT’LL BE NOISY FOR QUITE AWHILE, THEN IT’LL JUST GET QUIET,” LEE SAID. THE NSIC TOURNAMENT STARTS SATURDAY AND RUNS THROUGH TUESDAY. THEN THE VERY NEXT MORNING THE NAIA DIVISION II MEN’S TOURNAMENT TIPS OFF.

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