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Summit League to move offices to Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The Summit League will continue its westward expansion and move its conference offices to Sioux Falls later this year, league commissioner Tom Douple said Wednesday.

The league will move from Elmhurst, Ill., in suburban Chicago to Sioux Falls officially on Aug. 1 and into a permanent headquarters at the Sanford Sports Complex in the northwest portion of the city. The conference said the move will give the league a more centralized location within its current footprint.

"The Summit League has been wholeheartedly embraced by The Dakotas," Douple said in a statement. "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 has held its conference tournament for men's and women's basketball in Sioux Falls since 2009, enjoying 10 years of success with increased attendance figures and fan interest. The tournament is contracted to stay in Sioux Falls through 2022.

"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."

The conference has added all four Division I athletic programs in the Dakotas. Both North Dakota State University and South Dakota State University joined the conference in 2007, followed by the University of South Dakota in 2011. The University of North Dakota will move from the Big Sky Conference to the Summit on July 1.

The Summit League also added the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 2012, the University of Denver in 2013 and re-added Oral Roberts University (Okla.) in 2014.

The conference was founded as the Mid-Continent Conference in 1982 and re-branded as The Summit League in 2007.

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