The new arena slated for the North Dakota Community Bank and Trust Rodeo Grounds in Mandan is expected to cost two and a half million dollars.

The Mandan Rodeo Days Committee has already secured almost $2 million dollars in donations.

The arena will seat 4,000 people and will be permanent.

It will also be home to the Mandan Rodeo.

In past years, a temporary arena was set up and then removed.

“We’re hoping that we will open bids by the end of January, review those bids and then in early February bring it before the park commissioners and get it approved at that time to move forward,” Mandan Director of Parks and Recreation Cole Higlin said.

The goal is to have the arena built by August of next year when the high school rodeo takes place.