What will Rapid City do with an old arena?

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - To rebuild or remodel? We have heard that many times when discussing the future of the Don Barnett arena, but what would happen to the Barnett if the city decides to build new?

Officials for the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center say there has been discussion of repurposing the Barnett. For example using just the floor space for events such as basketball tournaments, volleyball courts, or even space for trade shows.

Officials also say if they build new, the Barnett could possibly merge with the new arena for events.

When asking Craig Balzter, the Executive Director for the Civic Center about when a decision would be made discussing the future of the Barnett, he replied that no time frame has been set.