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Published June 12, 2014
KICKIN' UP DUST: In Sioux Falls, Mick Garry noted state engineer Gordon Hollenbeck on Tuesday "signed off on the maximum price estimate" of $66M for the Univ. of South Dakota's arena construction plans. The university said that it would be "holding the perfunctory photo op with guys in suits holding shovels" on June 17 at 1:45pm CT. But USD AD David Herbster said that the "real digging" will begin in "late July and early August with the track and soccer facility expected to be completed in the fall of 2015 and the arena ready by fall 2016." By then, USD expects to have ready a 6,000-seat arena "with a ground-level main floor and second-level concourse that includes practice courts," a connecting building that will "house a science, health and research lab that will include classrooms, clinical areas, office space and a weight room," as well as the outdoor track and soccer facility (Sioux Falls ARGUS LEADER, 6/11).
THE MORE THE MERRIER: In Chicago, Shannon Ryan noted DePaul Univ. on Tuesday released a "new series of photo renderings depicting its future basketball arena." The images show "suites now on two levels of the west sideline instead of the floor level suites that were originally planned behind the team bench." An additional photo shows a "sports bar and restaurant." The rendering also shows the location "for the 1,200-room hotel adjacent to the arena" (CHICAGOTRIBUNE.com, 6/10).