Rapid City voters overwhelmingly approve $130 million arena

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - 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.

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