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Update on Civic Center Expansion

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Officials say the exhibit hall expansion is a little more than halfway done.

Construction of the Civic Center expansion is far enough along that the annual Williston Basin Petroleum Conference will be held in the new exhibit hall.

We get a sneak-peek of the progress.

It's an addition of 54 thousand square feet.

Once completed, the exhibit hall space will be 100 thousand square feet.

Mayor John Warford says expanding the exhibit hall makes Bismarck competitive in the region for holding large events, but the arena will not be expanded... at this time.

"The current information that we had at the time was that our market would not support an arena event more than 10,000. We're not yet at these 20,000 seat events here in Bismarck. Our 10,000 seat arena is kind of what it should be and that there's no economic numbers to support expanding that but there was a feasibility study, smart people told us you need to expand your convention side, but not your arena side," says Mayor John Warford.

The addition will provide space for more conventions, trade shows, sporting events, and stage shows.

Officials say it's a win-win for the community and will bring in millions of dollars in the future.

Civic center general manager Charlie Jeske says the completion date for the entire facility is set for November.

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