The Monument unveils name of new arena, gives update on construction

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Construction for the new Civic Center arena is right on track to be completed this fall. Meanwhile, the new name for the arena has been announced.

Summit Arena is 250,000 square feet and on track to be complete by the fall of this year. The naming process for the new arena was a long one, and was delayed due in part to the arrival of COVID-19 vaccinations at Monument Health. Three people submitted the winning name and each will receive a package of tickets for upcoming events at The Monument.

Melissa Haught, Director of Strategic Marketing, said, “We had the COVID vaccine that came out, which we’re very very thankful for. It took our time and attention right before the holidays, and so we realize there was a bit of a delay. We also wanted to vet the name through the board and our legal department and make sure…we had all of our bases covered.”

Monument Health acquired the naming rights to the new Monument complex in late 2019 and are excited by the final “Summit Arena” decision.

“Summit means its the highest point and so its really kind of a perfect name for this new arena where people can gather and bring such a large crowd,” said Haught.

The arena will fit over 11,000 people once complete. Construction on the outside and roof are almost complete as workers try and out-pace the snow.

Dave Richardson, Senior Project Manager for Summit Arena, said, “That is our next major milestone – along with the interior lower-able precast – which is gonna round out the seating of the arena. So there is a huge emphasis on the exterior and the interior. Because as the exterior is completed, the interior needs to progress to be tracking that fall completion of this year.”

The project has been underway for 13 months and is 50% complete – something that good weather has helped with.

“The weather has been phenomenal for us this year. Ideally, the moisture in the arena we could use, but moisture in our business is sometimes a little bit detrimental. Has it helped us? I would say it has,” Richardson added.

Categories: Local News