The sport of basketball has held a firm place among America’s most beloved pastimes ever since it spun off from the popular breakfast spread NBA Jam. Spread your friends across a row of seats with today’s GrouponLive deal to see a [Sioux Falls Skyforce](Sugame at Sioux Falls Arena. For $30, you get two tickets for upper-empire seating (a $29.41 value each, including Ticketmaster fees) and one souvenir mini basketball (a $20 value; a $78.82 total value). Choose from the following games:
- Against the Tulsa 66ers on Friday, February 17, at 7 p.m.
- Against the Tulsa 66ers on Sunday, February 19, at 3 p.m.
- Against the Bakersfield Jam on Saturday, March 24, at 7 p.m.<p>
The Sioux Falls Skyforce swoop into Sioux Falls Arena for a trio of upcoming home games, prepping themselves for a late-season surge. As the D-League affiliate of the Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Orlando Magic, the Skyforce boast a roster packed with potential NBA talent, granting fans up-close previews of sprouting stars before they move on to the next level or grow too big to fit inside a gym. Currently, forward Anthony Mason thrills hometown hoops fans with a robust 16.8 points per game average after 24 games, and towering center Keith Benson unfurls his lanky limbs to grab rebounds and cats stuck on top of the backboard while anchoring the team’s frontcourt.
Play stoppages at Sioux Falls Arena flood the floor with an eye-pleasing deluge of entertainment, including the fully charged Force Fanatics, who use T-shirt cannons to propel prizes into the seats and launch rival fans out of the stadium. Thunder the Mascot passes out complimentary high-fives, and souvenir mini basketballs provide enjoyment long after the last whistle blows.
Sioux Falls Skyforce
When the Skyforce joined the Continental Basketball Association in 1989, it became the city of Sioux Falls's first-ever professional-sports organization. It wasn't until 1994 that the Skyforce truly established itself as a powerhouse, earning its first playoff berth to set off a string of six consecutive postseason appearances—highlighted by a CBA championship in 1995–96.
Over the next decade, the Skyforce remained a perennial playoff contender, including during a brief stint as part of the International Basketball League in 2001. The team won its second CBA title in 2005–06, then promptly stuffed its trophies and the entire Sioux Falls Arena into a carry-on suitcase for a move to the NBA Developmental League. Since the switch, the Skyforce has helped launch the careers of a dozen NBA players, bringing the organization's total to more than 40.