The Monument (Rapid City, South Dakota)

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The Monument, formerly known as Rushmore Plaza Civic Center and Rushmore Plaza, is a 500,000-square-foot (46,000 m2)[1] exhibition center, in Rapid City, South Dakota. The Monument is the main event center for the Black Hills Region, serving Western South Dakota, South West North Dakota, North West Nebraska, and Eastern Wyoming.

The Monument
The Monument is located in South Dakota
The Monument
The Monument
Location within South Dakota
The Monument is located in the United States
The Monument
The Monument
Location within the United States
Location444 North Mount Rushmore Road
Rapid City, South Dakota
Public transitBus interchange Rapid Ride
OwnerCity of Rapid City
OperatorCity of Rapid City
CapacitySummit Arena: 10,000
Ice Arena: 7,500
Barnett Fieldhouse: 2,000
Fine Arts Theatre: 1,690
Broke ground1973
OpenedJune 21, 1977
Construction cost$24 million (2008 addition)
$130 million (2021 expansion)
ArchitectFour Front Design Inc. (2008 addition)
Perkins + Will (2021 expansion)
Rapid City Thrillers (CBA/IBA) (1987–1995, 1998–1999)
Black Hills Posse (IBA) (1995–1998)
Rapid City Flying Aces (NIFL) (2006)
Rapid City Rush (ECHL) (2008–present)
Rapid City Marshals (CIF/AFL) (2022–present)

It is home to many large annual events, including the Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo & Rodeo Rapid City,[2] Lakota Nation Invitational, the Black Hills Homebuilders Expo, South Dakota High School Activities Association Tournaments, the Rapid City Rush ice hockey team of the ECHL, and the Rapid City Marshals of Champions Indoor Football.[3] The Rapid City Thrillers semi-professional basketball team also formerly played games at the complex. The grand opening event was a concert by Elvis Presley on June 21, 1977, which was filmed for a CBS television special Elvis in Concert that aired in October. The concert was during the singer's final tour before his death on August 16, 1977.

The center contains two multi-purpose arenas: an ice arena, home to the Rapid City Rush hockey team, and the 10,000-seat Summit Arena completed in October 2021 that is home to the Rapid City Marshals. The venue also contains a fieldhouse, a fine arts theatre, two large convention/exhibit halls, and numerous other meeting rooms. After the venue was remodeled in 2021, the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center was renamed The Monument after a naming rights agreement with Monument Health Rapid City Hospital.[4]


  1. ^ "2017 Annual Report" (PDF).
  2. ^ "Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo". Archived from the original on 24 March 2010. Retrieved 12 March 2010.
  3. ^ "Professional Indoor Football to Return to Rapid City for the 2022 season". CIF. September 3, 2021.
  4. ^ "The Monument officially launches in Rapid City". July 1, 2021.

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