- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 20, 2015

WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) - Work is starting on an $83 million event center in Watford City.

Mayor Brent Sanford said Wednesday’s ground-breaking ceremony for the project was “pretty monumental” for the oil patch city.

Residents last June voted to increase the city sales tax to fund the center and other projects, including a new hospital.

The Bismarck Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1PWiE2V ) that the Watford City Event Center will house sports arenas, a convention center, swimming areas and a 3,000-seat auditorium. It will connect to a new high school and also serve as an off-campus venue for the University of Mary in Bismarck.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, https://www.bismarcktribune.com


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