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Officials propose expansion of Rapid City arena

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Officials are considering an expansion of Rapid City's Rushmore Plaza Civic Center that could cost as much as $150 million.

The facility has a 9,400-seat arena. It would be turned into a pavilion for specialty events, and a new arena with at least 15,000 seats would be built. Civic Center General Manager Brian Maliske says he wants the facility to host major entertainment acts.

Civic Center officials are seeking money from a sales tax-supported economic development fund to finance the project. The Vision Fund is part of the 1 cent sales tax approved by voters in the 1970s to fund construction of the center. The City Council will decide later on the request.

The project also would include two parking garages with stalls for 3,500 vehicles.










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