Timberwolves to Play Preseason Game at Skyforce’s Home Venue

Sioux Falls, S.D. (April 2, 2009) – The Sioux Falls Skyforce announced today that their NBA parent team, the Minnesota Timberwolves, will play a 2009 preseason game at the Sioux Falls Arena. Minnesota will host the Toronto Raptors on Friday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m.

“We’re thrilled to be returning to Sioux Falls and showcasing the NBA game for a great group of basketball fans,” Timberwolves president Chris Wright said. “Not only will this game give fans an opportunity to see South Dakota native Mike Miller in action, but it continues our wonderful partnership with the Skyforce organization, which has been a great asset for us both on and off the court.”

The Wolves’ preseason game vs. Toronto this fall will be Minnesota’s fifth exhibition visit to the Sioux Falls Arena, with the Wolves compiling a 3-1 record in their four previous appearances. Minnesota last visited Sioux Falls on Oct. 22, 2004, posting a 102-82 victory over the New York Knicks.

“The Skyforce is proud to be involved in bringing NBA basketball back to Sioux Falls,” Skyforce owner/president Mike Heineman said. “The Timberwolves have been wonderful to work with over the past couple of years and it’s a testament to the relationship we have built for them to let us be involved in the announcement and promotion of this exciting event.”

“SMG is thrilled to bring the Timberwolves back to town,” SMG general manager Russ DeCurtins said. “We look forward to working with both the Skyforce and Timberwolves, and expect fans will fill the arena.”

Ticket information will be released at a later date. Skyforce season ticket holders for the 2009-10 season will get first right of refusal on their seats for the preseason game.

The Skyforce’s next game is on Saturday, April 4 at home against the Idaho Stampede. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at the Sioux Falls Arena. Twelve-ticket flex packs are on sale throughout the 2008-09 season. Discounts and benefits are also available for groups of 10 or more. For more information please contact a Skyforce representative at (605) 332-0605.