SIOUX FALLS, SD (KLEO) – The Denny Sanford PREMIER Center is gearing up for a fall filled with big events – but it’s missing a key part to make it all happen. The work to find more event staff tonight is your money.

“Can you tell me a little more about the job of a security guard?” Plaintiff Morgan Gilliam said.

Gilliam was one of the first people to attend the second PREMIER Center Career Fair in 2021.

“I just looked for a job, I recently quit one of my jobs trying to find something a little better,” said Gilliam.

While there are many jobs to choose from in the city, the City of Sioux Falls is helping the PREMIER Center become more competitive in the tight job market.

“So we start at $ 14 an hour and some of the operations staff positions cost $ 14.50 to start,” said PREMIER Center CEO Mike Krewson.

Krewson says recruiting is especially critical right now after last year’s losses.

“We had a lot of part-time staff who obviously we didn’t have events so they found other opportunities to make that extra money,” Krewson said.

He says he could hire 50 new staff today if he could find that many candidates. And with so many positions open, it can be difficult for the PREMIER Center to host its biggest events.

“Now, as we prepare for a full regular season with concerts, we need to restore those numbers so that not everyone is so stressed,” Krewson said.

That’s why they go out of their way to recruit candidates like Gilliam who are looking to be a part of the city’s biggest events.

“I was actually looking for tickets to Alan Jackson’s concert and saw the job fair come up,” said Gilliam.

Most of the PREMIER Center openings are part-time second jobs for people looking to experience these big events, while getting paid to be there.