Barnett Arena

In The Moment ... June 27, 2018 Show 367 Hour 2

SDPB's Nate Wek joins us to talk about six-man football in Western South Dakota, the Rapid City vote to build a new arena, and more.

Rapid City voters will decide on the future of the Barnett Area and Civic Center complex during a special election on June 5.

Earlier this year, the city council passed a resolution to issue bonds for a new arena at the civic center, as well as renovations to the 40-year-old Barnett Arena.

A group of citizens are referring the decision to a public vote.

Dana Dykehouse is the CEO of First Premier Bank. He helped with efforts to construct a new arena in Sioux Falls.

Lori Walsh

In the Moment ... March 12, 2018 Show 294 Hour 2

Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender joins us in the studio with an update on the Barnett Arena proposal.

In The Moment ... January 17, 2018 Show 257 Hour 1

Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender joins us for an in-depth look at pubic discussions regarding revitalization or replacement of the aging Barnett Arena.

Lee Strubinger

In The Moment ... September 19, 2017 Show 180 Hour 1

Rapid City officials are looking again at the Barnett Arena in the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center complex. The facility is no longer compliant with disability requirements. Two years ago, Rapid City residents voted against building a new arena. SDPB's Lee Strubinger joins us to talk about what the mayor and city are considering.

RC Mayor Supports Building New Arena

Sep 15, 2017
Lee Strubinger / SDPB

The Rapid City mayor says he supports constructing a new arena in the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center complex.

Thursday night, he gave a presentation outlining his vision to expand the concert hall and sporting complex just north of downtown.

There are two different futures for the Barnett Arena.

It’s the last complex in the civic center to meet Americans With Disabilities compliance. Following a failed campaign for a new civic center in 2015, the city signed an agreement with the federal government to bring the arena into ADA compliance. That deadline ends this month.