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The Barnett Arena opened with Elvis in 1977, but it can no longer attract the big music acts.
The Barnett Arena opened with Elvis in 1977, but it can no longer attract the big music acts.
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June 29, 2017

Allender Presents Civic Center Plans: Repair or Replace

Mayor Allender presented to the Rapid City Council on the Civic Center Wednesday night. The main issue is the Barnett Arena is outdated and suffers from multiple American with Disabilities Act (ADA) violations. The Rapid City Journal reported that Allender offered two solutions to the ADA issues: remodel the arena for $25 million or build a new facility for between $100 and $130 million. Previously, voters opposed a plan to remodel the Barnett Arena and the Civic Center that would have cost around $180 million. With the building now 40 years old, city staff have pointed out that it is unable to support the larger music shows. While remodeling meets the immediate concerns for the ADA violations, it does not prepare the city for future events.

The June 28th meeting can be viewed from the Rapid City website. Past Civic Center stories are linked on the Black Hills Knowledge Network's online news archive.

 

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