- Associated Press - Monday, October 31, 2016

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - The director of a large concert venue in Rapid City said its 2017 lineup isn’t as robust as it could be so far and that Rapid City isn’t keeping up with Sioux Falls when it comes to attracting top entertainment acts.

Rushmore Plaza Civic Center director Craig Baltzer told the Rapid City Journal (https://bit.ly/2fwj1Kx ) the city is missing out on some acts when they travel through the area to play at Sioux Falls’ Denny Sanford Center. He said the limitations of the aging Barnett Arena could be a reason.

Baltzer said there are several things concerts and shows look for when choosing a venue, including the size of the arena, ceiling height, floor length and width, seating capacity, geography and availability on the calendar along their route to other shows.

Baltzer said the Eric Church concert from 2015 was an example of the limitations of their venue.

“They had to cut a portion of their show out because they didn’t have the space,” Baltzer said.

Being able to accommodate all of a show’s needs is important to ensure they can easily perform their tour program, said Baltzer.

“As soon as you cut out a certain lighting board or certain feature, it disrupts their entire show,” Baltzer said.

He said the lack of shows isn’t a dire situation right now because organizers had a full spring and that the beginning of 2017 looks promising. But he said a new facility will eventually be necessary due the constant growth of the Rapid City area.

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Information from: Rapid City Journal, https://www.rapidcityjournal.com

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