Rushmore Plaza Civic Center

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Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
Location 444 North Mount Rushmore Road
Rapid City, South Dakota
Owner City of Rapid City
Operator City of Rapid City
Capacity Barnett Arena: 10,000
Ice Arena:
5,132 (Hockey)
6,200 (Basketball)
7,000 (Concerts)
Surface Multi-surface
Construction
Opened June 21, 1977
Expanded 2008
Construction cost $24 Million (2008 Addition)
($30.7 million in 2014 dollars[1])
Architect Four Front Design Inc. (2008 Addition)[2]
Tenants
Rapid City Rush (CHL) (2008–present)
Rapid City Thrillers (CBA) (1984–1997)

The Rushmore Plaza Civic Center is a 150,000-square-foot (14,000 m2) exhibition center, in Rapid City, South Dakota. It contains a 10,000 seat, multi-purpose arena. It was built in 1977 and the grand opening event was an Elvis Presley concert on June 21.

The Rushmore Plaza Civic Center is home to many large events including the Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo,[3] Lakota Nations Invitational, and the Black Hills Homebuilders Expo. It also showcases many motorcycles during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. It was home to the Rapid City Thrillers basketball team. The Civic Center is the main event center for western South Dakota.

It is currently managed by Brian Maliske and has plans for expansion for a new arena that will house a hockey team and music concerts as well. The new arena was designed to double the capacity of the Civic Center, and was completed in 2008. It allows two simultaneous events to occur under one building, making it the largest venue center in South Dakota. The new arena features luxury boxes for events and the Rapid City Rush home games. The new arena hosts the Rapid City Rush [1] of the Central Hockey League for the 2008-09 season.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  2. ^ http://www.4front.biz/civicmainproj.html#
  3. ^ "Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo". Retrieved 12 March 2010. 

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Coordinates: 44°05′19″N 103°13′33″W / 44.08854°N 103.225816°W / 44.08854; -103.225816