Denny Sanford PREMIER Center Nominated for 51st ACM Awards

2015_acm_award_logo_tunein_cmyk_type_041415Sioux Falls, SD — The Academy of Country Music has nominated the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center as Venue of the Year for medium capacity venues in the country.

The PREMIER Center is nominated alongside some of the most popular venues of its kind including Ascend Amphitheatre in Nashville, Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie in Grand Prairie, TX, and Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook in Gilford, N.H.

In the past, The PREMIER Center has been recognized as a leading venue, and was nominated for Best New Major Concert Venue by Pollstar Magazine in 2014. The magazine also ranked it among the world’s highest ticket-selling concert/sports venue in 2015, ranking it 100th in the world with 140,918 tickets sold during the year.

Venues Today, an industry trade publication, named the PREMIER Center 18th among worldwide venues and 11th among American venues from October 16, 2014 – October 15, 2015.

The particular award in which the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center is nominated includes the Industry & Studio Recording Awards, and will not be televised for the 51st Academy of Country Music Awards due to time constraints. However, you can still watch the show co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 3 at 7 p.m. live CT on CBS.

About the Academy of Country Music Awards
The 51st Academy of Country Music Awards is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry. The show is produced for television by dick clark productions and will broadcast LIVE from MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 7 p.m. live CT on the CBS Television Network. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, R.A. Clark, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are executive producers.  Bob Romeo is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.

About the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
The Denny Sanford PREMIER Center is the region’s newest and largest sports and entertainment venue, hosting a variety of events including concerts, hockey, indoor football, Division I basketball, rodeos, family programs and much more. The facility features two public and two private clubs and offers premium seating including private suites, loge boxes, and club seats. The Denny Sanford PREMIER Center opened September 19, 2014. For more information, visit

About SMG
Founded in 1977, SMG provides management services to more than 240 public assembly facilities including convention and exhibition centers, arenas, stadiums, theatres, performing arts centers, equestrian facilities, science centers and a variety of other venues. With facilities across the globe, SMG manages more than 15 million square feet of exhibition space and more than 1.5 million sports and entertainment seats. As the recognized global industry leader, SMG provides venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming, construction and design consulting, and pre-opening services for such landmark facilities as McCormick Place & Soldier Field in Chicago, Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Houston’s NRG Park and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. SMG also offers food and beverage operations through its concessions and catering company SAVOR, currently serving more than 140 accounts worldwide. For more information visit

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