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With both schools now in the Summit League, the rivalry between South Dakota State University and the University of South Dakota grows stronger each day.  But a rare occasion happened Wednesday morning; as the presidents of both universities stood together to support a Sioux Falls project.

The Coyotes and the Jackrabbits find some common ground as they voice their collaborative support for the events center project in Sioux Falls.

"We really are in many ways one entity,” said the University of South Dakota’s President James Abbott.  “What is good for Sioux Falls is also on many occasions good for Vermillion.”

“I view the investment that is being proposed in the events center as a spectacular and enabling opportunity not just for Sioux Falls, but for the state and our entire region,” said South Dakota State University’s President David Chicoine.

Both Abbott and Chicoine encourage Sioux Falls voters to consider what the investment could mean for not only their city, but the impact it will have on a much larger scale.  

Although neither school has committed to hold functions at the events center if it is built, both USD and SDSU presidents agree it will allow them to do things together that they couldn't do without it.     

"I am not positive how many events we would be interested in putting in the events center, but I know our students want more things to attend and go to,” said Abbott. “I know that we have university functions and I hope that there is some cooperative events that we could have with SDSU and perhaps Augustana and USF for that matter,”

In 2013, the Summit League will re-issue the bid to host the men's and women's basketball tournament; and with both universities now in the Summit League, the schools believe the events center would allow them to compete with other locations to keep the tournament in Sioux Falls.

"We will continue to drive change as we move forward in the Summit League, but we believe Sioux Falls and the Dakotas can be the center of that change,” said Chicoine. “But the investment in the enabling facility of the events center will allow us to compete and lead that change.”

"It's all a part of South Dakota,” said Abbott. “It's good for South Dakota.  It's good for us.  It's good for our state.  It's good for our citizens and good for Sioux Falls.”

Maren Larson
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