ELMHURST, Ill. — The Summit League announced Wednesday the intent to relocate its conference headquarters to Sioux Falls, S.D., from its current location in Elmhurst, Ill. The Summit League President's Council unanimously approved the relocation.
The Summit League will open operations at a temporary location in Sioux Falls on Aug. 1 before moving to its permanent headquarters at the Sanford Sports Complex. The move gives the league office a more centralized location within its current footprint.
"The Summit League has been wholeheartedly embraced by The Dakotas," Summit League Commissioner Tom Douple said. "We have always felt at home in Sioux Falls and this move further establishes our presence in the geographic area of our league."
The Summit League already has a strong reputation and following in the region. Its premier event, The Summit League Basketball Championships, has taken place in Sioux Falls each year since 2009, shattering attendance records, garnering unprecedented recognition and dramatically elevating the league's profile.
"Tom and The Summit League have been wonderful friends of Sanford Health and the Sioux Falls community for more than a decade, and we welcome them to our city," said Kelby Krabbenhoft, president and CEO of Sanford Health. "We have seen firsthand the national growth of the league through Tom's leadership, and we look forward to watching that success continue."
The Summit League will become the 11th tenant of the Sanford Sports Complex.
"The addition of a Division I conference headquarters is another great fit for our campus," said Kevin Lampe, executive vice president of Sanford Sports. "Sioux Falls has emphatically supported the Summit League from the beginning, and we're excited to be part of the next step for the league."
"We are delighted to become part of the Sanford Sports Complex," Douple said. "In addition, the league will partner with Sanford Health to support and raise awareness to battle and defeat juvenile Type 1 diabetes. We look forward to a bright, successful future in our new home."
Tom Douple will be available for phone interviews from 2-3 p.m. CT today. Kevin Lampe from Sanford Health will be available for television interviews at the Sanford Pentagon from 3-4 p.m. today. Please email Paul Heinert at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an interview.
ABOUT THE SUMMIT LEAGUE
Through 35 years of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of nearly 100,000 at eight institutions, including three located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Fort Wayne (Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne), North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University with the University of North Dakota becoming an official member on July 1, 2018. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced nine NCAA Champions along with over 90 Academic All-Americans, nearly 100 All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. For more information about the league, visit www.thesummitleague.org website, follow The Summit League on Twitter @thesummitleague.