Sanford Pentagon anchors unique sports complex in the Upper Midwest
Oct 04, 2013 02:40PM
● By MED Editor
The Sanford Pentagon opened its doors this month, deepening Sanford Health's commitment to improving health and well-being in the region. The five-sided, 160,000-square-foot facility houses a variety of programs to help keep youth fit and active while teaching them valuable life lessons through sports. It also holds events that will draw people from the entire Upper Midwest, creating a strong economic driver for Sioux Falls.
High-caliber events, including tonight’s NBA exhibition game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Milwaukee Bucks, will be held at the Pentagon. The University of Wisconsin and St. John’s University (NY) men’s basketball programs collide in a regular-season contest in November.
“The Pentagon provides new opportunities for our guests to see a variety of high-level events right here in the Upper Midwest,” said Nate White, Sanford Health chief operating officer. “This facility aligns with the efforts in our community to maintain one of the region’s healthiest environments in which to work and live.”
Fans can also enjoy the NBA D-League’s Sioux Falls Skyforce and the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Women’s and Men’s Basketball tournaments.
The 3,200-seat Pentagon features nine basketball courts, including the 1950s/1960s- inspired Heritage Court, located in the center of the facility. Visitors to the Heritage Court will see state-of-the-art amenities — including high-definition video boards and executive suites—combined with period-specific finishes that are a nod to the nostalgic days of basketball.
Perhaps the biggest draw of the Pentagon is the small details. A dark-stained parquet floor, complete with a narrow-painted key for the purpose of aesthetics only, resembles the original Boston Garden. A center-hung scoreboard and two side units keep time using a traditional circling second hand. Light fixtures and simplistic signage emphasize the Hoosiers feel of the facility.
Visitors can enjoy the modern facility while youth gain the valuable athletic qualities of good health, team playing and sportsmanship.
“We want our youth to gain the benefits of sports,” said Eric Larsen, general manager of the Sanford Sports Complex. “It’s so much more than just physical fitness. They can build character, self-esteem and a strong bond to each other – all in a modern facility with the latest in equipment and training programs.”
A variety of basketball and volleyball training programs will be held for youth, including Sanford POWER Basketball and Volleyball academies. The staff has an extensive background in basketball and volleyball playing experience, ranging from youth to professional.
In the future, there are also plans to create a Sports Center of Excellence at Sanford, borrowing from the guidelines established by the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC).
The Sanford Pentagon will hold five public open houses throughout October and November for community members to tour the new facility, located at the Sanford Sports Complex along Westport Avenue between Benson Road and West 54th Street.
Tours will be held on the following dates:
- Saturday, Oct. 12, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
- Thursday, Oct. 17, 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
- Tuesday, Oct. 22, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
- Wednesday, Oct. 30, 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
- Monday, Nov. 4, 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Each open house will include self-guided tours, opportunities to visit with ushers about the details of the facility and chances to watch or participate in pick-up volleyball and basketball games. The Pentagon’s concessions stands will also be open.