Voters Approve New Civic Center Arena


On Tuesday, voters in Rapid City approved the construction of a new Civic Center arena. The approval came with 64% voting in favor of spending more than $170-million dollars on the new facility. A total 17,034 votes were cast on the issue with just under 11,000 in support of the referendum.

After a hard fought campaign on both sides, the “Vote Yes Rapid City” staffers celebrated the victory late Tuesday night at the Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn.

Mayor Steve Allender was one of the main supporters of the campaign.

“To the 35% maybe that are going to vote no in the end we’ll show, we’ll prove to them over time that this was a smart decision,” said Allender.

Mayor Allender said planning will begin immediately. Ground breaking likely won’t take place until the spring of next year. It will be built to the northwest of the present arena.  

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