Officials work on parking issues at civic center ahead of new arena

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Rapid City is working on a parking plan ahead of the groundbreaking for the new Rushmore Plaza Civic Center arena.

The Public Works Committee has approved a plan which would alleviate some of the congestion created during large events.

Staff says they’re working on shuttling visitors to the arena from nearby lots downtown, as well as the Rushmore Mall, Sioux Park and the Central States Fairgrounds.

According to Vicki Fisher, a planning manager with the city, “With the existing uses within the convention center, the ice arena, the theater, we will be repurposing the Barnett, which will reduce that capacity significantly.”

People visiting the civic center will also be able to park at Central High School and the Journey Museum. Most events are on weekends or after hours, so the city says there won’t be any conflicts.

The city also plans on working with hotels to shuttle people to shows, and hope services such as Lyft will help clear up traffic.

Additionally, a sponsor has been selected for the new arena, meaning it will soon get a name. The name hasn’t been released yet as negotiations over the contract are still ongoing.

Staff say it could be for just the new arena — or the entire civic center.

The civic center’s executive director, Craig Baltzer, says that the process could take time.

“It’s a big deal. For the company that would be buying that, they would be on every piece of advertising, on every ticket, for every show and every event that would be playing in the venue,” said Baltzer. 

He says he hopes to announce the name by the groundbreaking in the fall, depending on contract negotiations.

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