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Rapid City Voters Reject Arena Plan

RAPID CITY, S.D. (CelebrityAccess) — Voters in Rapid City decisively rejected a plan to build a $180 million expansion of the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center arena.

Proponents of the expansion had hoped voters would support the proposal to use municipal bonds and bond-like certificates to expand the arena and parking area at the civic center.

About 32 percent of the city's 41,451 registered voters participated in the special election, with 7,813 voting against the expansion and 5,089 in favor, the Rapid City Journal reported.

Instead, the City will now seek to move forward with a more modest plan that will bring the arena into compliance with Americans with Disability Act, as well as other code issues. They also hope to add updates to make the arena more marketable, the Rapid City Journal said. – Staff Writers