SBJ/December 1 - 7, 2003/Facilities

Gateway Arena anchors Sioux City complex

Architects’ rendering of Gateway Arena
The facility construction project opening soon in northwest Iowa stands out for its design process incorporating an existing 53-year-old, art-deco-style auditorium into a new arena, collectively known as Tyson Events Center.

The new facility, called Gateway Arena, seats 7,200 and features the hardwood floor from the 2003 NCAA Men's Final Four. Sioux City native Kirk Hinrich took the last shot for Kansas in its title game loss to Syracuse on that floor, said Dennis Gann, general manager for Tyson Events Center. He spent $75,000 to buy the surface from Horner Flooring Co.

The older structure included in the project, renovated and now known as Long Lines Family Center, has a capacity of 6,000. Its use is aimed at community-level athletic events. By keeping the older structure intact, the city received $2 million in historic preservation tax credits to help fund the overall construction effort, Gann said.

"Local government was interested in preserving a building with landmark status and made the choice not to tear it down," he said. "For whatever amount of money we [publicly] invest, 20 percent of that total can be considered historic tax credits. The county issues us a check, which also reduces our tax liability.

"The kicker with this arrangement is that the property has to be in the private sector's hands for five years. We sold the credits to a financial institution that will pay us 98 cents on the dollar. The IRS allows major for-profit corporations to do that."

The bank, which Gann did not identify pending completion of the transaction, will contract with Gann's office to manage and rent out Long Lines Family Center during that period.

Tyson Events Center/Gateway Arena

City: Sioux City, Iowa

Tenants: USHL Sioux City Musketeers, NIFL Sioux City Bandits

Owner and operator: City of Sioux City

Architect: Ellerbe Becket, FEH Associates

Construction manager: Mortenson/Klinger

No. of seats: 7,200

No. of club seats/suites: 27/980

Projected cost: $52 million

Funding: $18.5 million from the private sector, including sponsorships and premium-seat sales; $22 million in public money from Vision Iowa fund; balance from local riverboat gambling proceeds, in-kind value of incorporating existing Sioux City Auditorium infrastructure into new construction and historic tax credits

Naming rights: $5.5 million in combined title sponsorships from Tyson Foods (a $4 million lifetime deal) and Gateway computers for the arena and Long Lines telecommunications for the auditorium, both 10-year agreements at $750,000

Concessionaire: Distinctive Gourmet

Pouring rights: Coca-Cola

Seat provider: Irwin Seating Co.

Scoreboard provider: Daktronics

Floor provider: Horner Flooring Co.

Ice provider: Rink-Tec International

First game: Dec. 17, Musketeers vs. Waterloo

Company Work performed
Brown Construction Co. Interior construction
Canfield Business Interiors Furnishings
Chris Hansen Construction Concrete, stonework, sitework
Concrete Specialty Inc. Parking lot
G&L Associates Inc. Metal
Hagan Co. Plumbing and pipefitting
High Tech Electric Electric
Holtze Construction Co. General construction
Institutions Services Food equipment
Interclad Inc. Glass
Interstate Mechanical Co. Mechanical engineer
Lessard Construction Underground utilities
Lieber Demolition
M.J. Dalsin Inc. Roofing
Merrill Iron & Steel Steel
Midwest Partitions Inc. Drywall
Schumacher Elevator Elevators
SimplexGrinnell Fire protection
Tessier’s Inc. HVAC
Thompson Electric Co. Utilities
Sources: Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal research, Mortenson/Klinger
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