Rapid City Voters Overwhelmingly Approve $130 Million Arena

Don Barnett Arena
Don Barnett Arena
– Don Barnett Arena
Rapid City residents have voted to build a $130 million arena to replace the aging Barnett Arena in the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.
Nearly two-thirds of the 17,000 voters in Tuesday’s election approved the project. The decision prompted by a citizen petition drive came three years after voters rejected a $180 million proposal.
Had the less-costly replacement plan failed, the city would have renovated the existing arena to bring it into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. That would have cost up to $28 million.
Mayor Steve Allender says the city hopes to break ground on the new arena next spring and have it completed in about two years.