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Backers gathering signatures for Rapid City arena options

RAPID CITY (AP) — Some Rapid City residents want voters to decide whether a new arena should be built or if the existing facility should be renovated.

The Rapid City Journal reports backers must collect and submit at least 2,095 valid signatures to the city's finance office by the close of business on March 20.

If the signatures are collected, residents could decide in June whether a new $130 million arena should be built or whether the Barnett Arena should be renovated for about $25 million.

Mayor Steve Allender has said the outdated design and size of Barnett Arena has contributed to a decline in the "top tier" events that can generate more revenue for the local economy.