City Selects Design Team For Downtown Amphitheater

Sink Combs Dethlefs Known For Work On Red Rocks, 60+ Venues

In the summer of 2019, Sioux Falls will become one of just nine cities to have an official Levitt Concert Series venue. The city announced Thursday that it has selected a design team to work on the amphitheater and festival grounds.

“The connection to downtown is really key. It’s in our flagship park at Falls Park and Falls Park West. It’s immediately adjacent to all of the downtown activity on Phillips Avenue,” said Director of Sioux Falls Parks & Recreation Don Kearney.

In three years, this stretch of land between the entrance to Falls Park and Sioux Steel, will be home to an outdoor music facility, more importantly, the Levitt Concert Series, where more than 50 free concerts will take place each year between the months of May and September.

“We brought in Sink Combs Dethlefs along with a lot of other local engineers and architects that are going to help us design this facility,” said Kearney.

Sink Combs Dethlefs has worked on more than 60 venues including the Red Rock Amphitheater near Denver. They were also the principal architect for the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center. They say what makes this project different: it’s connected to Levitt.

“The fact that we can do what is really a natural amphitheater but make it feel like a park, that’s what we’re really excited about,” said Sink Combs Dethlefs CEO Donald Dethlefs.

The architecture firm out of Denver has already been dreaming up the 1,500 seat venue.

“There’s going to be a plaza here and a stage either here or right behind me and then the park you see behind there we’re going to create a sloped lawn down to the stage,” said Dethlefs.

Perhaps as early as this fall, we’ll get to see what the preliminary designs look like on paper.

The city hopes to break ground on the project in the spring of 2018 with the first performance slated for the summer of 2019.

For more information about the Falls Park West project, visit the city’s website.