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Pentagon named a basketball “bucket list” by national sports website

01/03/2020, 10:30am CST
By Sanford Media Relations

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.Sports Passport, a national website and app people use to keep track of sporting events they have attended, has listed the Sanford Pentagon as one of its 101 essential experiences for basketball fans.

The Sanford Pentagon is joined on the list by historic venues like Madison Square Garden and Rupp Arena as well as major events such as the NBA Finals and the NCAA Final Four.

“It’s an honor to be on a list that includes iconic arenas and games that are played on a world-wide stage,” said Jesse Smith, director of operations at the Sanford Pentagon. “Our goals will always be to bring championship-level basketball to Heritage Court and to give the fans, players and coaches one of the best experiences they’ve ever had.”

In 2019, the Sanford Pentagon hosted four NCAA D-1 men’s basketball games, including Wisconsin vs. Saint Mary’s and Minnesota vs. Oklahoma. In 2020, the Pentagon will once again host the NAIA DII men’s national tournament, the NSIC men’s and women’s basketball tournament as well as numerous high school basketball and volleyball events throughout the year.

This is the third national recognition for the Sanford Pentagon. The NAIA awarded the Pentagon the Best Championship Venue for the 2017-18 season. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame named the Pentagon a Top 125 basketball venue in 2016.

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