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Siouxland Expo Center inching closer to becoming a reality

SIOUX CITY (KTIV) – A Siouxland project that has been a topic of discussion could be one step closure to becoming a reality.

On Monday, the Sioux City City Council is expected to hear specifications on the Siouxland Expo Center project. They could also vote on a resolution to adopt plans and the proposed cost for the project.

Right now, the project is expected to cost $12.7 million.

Project officials say construction bids will be due April 9, and they hope to award a bid by the end of the month.

“It’s been talked about and discussed for many years, so it’s very rewarding to get to the point where we are now,” said Matt Salvatore, Sioux City Parks and Recreation Director.

Salvatore has worked on the project for the last several years. He says the finished product will offer Siouxland a number of amenities.

“We’re hoping to attract some major expo events to Sioux City and also house some of the existing events in Sioux City,” he said.

The Expo Center would be located at the former Sioux City Stockyards. Officials say it is a prime location given its close proximity to I-29.

They also say there’s a lot this project can offer the community.

“We’ll have a sports venue when it’s not being used for expos,” said Salvatore. “Artificial turf will be around on the main expo floor and that will be used for soccer, softball/baseball activities, football activities, so we’re excited about bringing turf to Sioux City as well. It’s a new amenity that we don’t have currently.”

Salvatore says there is a big reason city officials want the center in Sioux City. With Siouxlanders heading out of town for events and sporting events, it could mean a major boom for the economy.

“So we want to be able for people in Sioux City to be more of a tourism draw, to be able to keep people that are normally going out of town, keep them in town and then draw people to the area,” said Salvatore.

The goal is to have the facility up and running by July of 2020. Currently named the Siouxland Expo Center,  Salvatore says that could change in the future depending on if they find a naming rights sponsor.

And the city is expected to announce more good news with the project on Monday.

“We are going to be announcing a couple naming sponsors on Monday, but not the naming for the entire building,” said Salvatore.

Construction on the project is expected to beginthis Spring.

Ashly Richardson

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