Pierre Considering Event Center Proposal

A $14.5 million event center is being proposed for Pierre, S.D., that could house concerts, basketball tournaments and trade shows.

The 4,000-capacity facility is being presented as a replacement for Pierre’s downtown City Auditorium, which closed in 2010 because of structural issues and was demolished last year.

Local developers have donated land for the project and funding for the construction is expected to come from private and public sources without raising property taxes.

City commissioners are expected to vote Nov. 10 whether to greenlight the project. If approved, public hearings would be scheduled and construction could begin as soon as 2017 with a potential spring 2019 opening.