- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame finally has a home, near the main lobby of the newly opened Denny Sanford Premier Center.

The Hall of Fame has a 33-foot-wide display in the $117 million Sioux Falls facility, with photos of its members and sports scenes and two interactive video display screens. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Wednesday.

“It’s just natural - this is going to be the home of so many sporting events and other events in South Dakota,” board member Terry Nielsen told KSFY-TV. “So it’s the perfect spot for our Hall of Fame.”

The South Dakota Sportswriters Association established the hall in 1968. It has 245 members, but it never had a physical home.

“They (inductees) brought a lot of entertainment and joy and fun, especially for a guy like me that loves sports and got to be around it and it’s a big part of my life,” Hall of Fame board member Scott Fiedler told KELO-TV. “And I think most South Dakotans feel the same way in one form or another. So, yeah, to have a permanent home where you can come and see it, I think that’s huge.”

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