It has been a very exciting couple of weeks at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. After a potential expansion project proposal was presented to the Vision Fund Committee on Monday, July 9th, we are now finding ourselves reflecting on the positive impact this development would have in our Black Hills community, and the greater Midwest region. We respect all voices and opinions that have surfaced during this discussion. As the purpose of the proposed multi-use facility is to serve the entire region, we welcome the thoughts and opinions of all those involved.
With a funding source proposed to come from the current Vision Fund, the suggested 15,000 to 18,000 seat expansion would open doors to an entire new world of culture, statewide sporting events such as tennis and soccer, and large, regional conventions, among others. The ability to pursue larger and more prominent events means not only diverse opportunities in a multi-purpose facility, but it would also bolster our economy and put Rapid City on the venue map. Additionally, the new facility would be equipped with the latest cutting edge technology, as well as fully compliant ADA amenities, which our current facility does not fulfill.
Completed in 1977, the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center has served the region well for the last 35 years. However, times have since changed. Our facility is now presented with a demand for larger events to meet the needs of a growing population. We hope to stay competitive as the future brings more opportunities to host statewide sporting events, large conferences, and headlining entertainment. Hosting events such as NCAA tournaments would become possible in an expanded arena. By constructing a facility to meet the needs of our Midwestern region, we see the proposed project as an outstanding opportunity to foster necessary growth and a healthy economic impact.
Lastly, we want to hear your voice. We encourage everyone to get involved during this decision making process, by attending community meetings. Your opinions have an impact on the future of the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, so let them be heard. If you would like to review further information regarding the proposed project, be sure to visit our website page dedicated to the expansion: