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10/13/2021 | Press release | Archived content

NAIA Basketball Classic returns to Sanford Pentagon

NAIA Basketball Classic returns to Sanford Pentagon

Paul Heinert
Sanford Health Media Relations
605-366-2432/[email protected]

SIOUX FALLS, S.D., Oct. 13, 2021 - The Sanford Pentagon will host Dakota Wesleyan University, Mount Marty University, Presentation College and Valley City State University Nov. 6-7 in the sixth annual NAIA Basketball Classic.

The classic features eight games over two days and acts as a season kick-off for the four schools, giving them an opportunity to display their talent early in the season. The two Great Plains Athletic Conference teams (Dakota Wesleyan and Mount Marty) will compete against the two North Star Athletic Association teams (Presentation and Valley City State).

"The NAIA Basketball Classic is a great event to begin another incredible schedule of basketball at the Pentagon." says Jesse Smith, vice president of the Sanford Sports Complex. "We're excited to welcome fans back to Heritage Court and cheer on these local teams featuring many athletes who have competed at the Pentagon during their prep careers."

Tickets will be available during the day of the games. Each ticket is good for the entire day. Admission is $15 for adults and $5 for students in kindergarten to college.

All games will be live-streamed at the Pentagon video portal, with J.J. Hartigan providing play-by-play. The cost is $7.95 for one day or $10.95 for both days. Visit here to purchase.


2 p.m. - Mt. Marty vs. Presentation (Women)
4 p.m. - Mt. Marty vs. Presentation (Men)
6 p.m. - DWU vs. Valley City (Women)
8 p.m. - DWU vs. Valley City (Men)

Noon - Mt. Marty vs. Valley City (Women)
2 p.m. - Mt. Marty vs. Valley City (Men)
4 p.m. - DWU vs. Presentation (Women)
6 p.m. - DWU vs. Presentation (Men)

About the Sanford Pentagon

The cornerstone of the Sanford Sports Complex in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is the Sanford Pentagon, a 160,000-square-foot, five-sided facility featuring nine basketball courts, including the 1950s/1960s-inspired Heritage Court. The venue combines state-of-the-art amenities-including high-definition video boards and executive suites-with period-specific finishes that are a nod to the nostalgic days of basketball.

The 3,200-seat Pentagon is home to Sanford POWER Basketball Academy, Sanford POWER Volleyball Academy, the NBA G League's Sioux Falls Skyforce, Augustana men's and women's basketball, the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Women's and Men's Basketball tournaments and the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame. For more information, visit