The annual Black Hills Roundup in Belle Fourche will soon feature new grandstands to seat spectators, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. Safety concerns about the existing nearly century-old grandstands arose in 2017. The original wood structure was obviously rotten, misshapen, and warped in places.
Demolition on the aged grandstand at the Roundup Ground Sports Complex began 2016 with work being done by Belle Fourche’s public works department. The design for the new grandstand project was approved by the Belle Fourche City Council in September of 2017, and plans call for a new steel and aluminum grandstand roof and a new VIP section. The project is estimated to cost $1.37 million, with $200,000 coming from the city’s general fund and $200,000 coming from tax revenue reserves, according to Mayor Gloria Landphere. The city will work with local banks to finance the rest of the cost. The new design has approximately the same number of seats and will mirror the steel grandstands on the west side, which were replaced recently by the city at a cost of $680,000.
Public works director Dirk Hoffman hopes to salvage some of the old grandstand material for later use in a possible museum-type structure. Demolition should be completed by September 1st and construction will continue through the winter, with the whole project to be completed for the 100th Annual Black Hills Roundup next July. Work for the celebration is already underway.
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