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
Opened June 21, 1977
Expanded 2008
Construction cost $24 Million (2008 Addition)
($30.7 million in 2015 dollars[1])
Architect Four Front Design Inc. (2008 Addition)[2]
Rapid City Rush (ECHL) (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, but those plans were voted down by the citizens of the city. 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, and it used to be largest venue center in South Dakota, until it was supplanted by the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center. The new arena features luxury boxes for events and the Rapid City Rush home games. The new arena hosts the Rapid City Rush of the ECHL.


  1. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
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  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