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Old Posted Mar 1, 2013, 12:09 AM
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North Idaho College is considering a 5,000 seat sports arena/event center

COEUR d'ALENE - A combination event center and sports arena may be going up in Coeur d'Alene.

North Idaho College trustees gave the go-ahead during their board meeting Wednesday for the college's administration to explore the feasibility of building an event center in the Riverstone area, provided funding for construction of the facility comes from outside sources.

NIC president Joe Dunlap told college trustees that the college's existing indoor athletic facility, the Christianson Gymnasium, was built in 1949 and is in poor condition.

An event center would provide a new athletic facility for the college and likely a venue for other types of entertainment activities, he said.

Dunlap asked the board to consider commissioning a feasibility study for a potential event center, at the same time acknowledging that the college has "competing interests when it comes to capital projects." An immediate need, Dunlap said, is a new professional-technical education facility, a project already being explored by the trustees.

The board members present - Ron Nilson, Judy Meyer, Ken Howard and Todd Banducci - unanimously approved a resolution that the college shall "actively pursue and support efforts" to construct an event center/athletic facility that will ultimately be owned and operated by NIC. The trustees directed the administration to create a study committee to review the project and report back to the board.

"It sounds like a remarkable opportunity," said Trustee Judy Meyer.

Mark Browning, NIC's vice president of community relations and marketing, said early discussions projected a 5,000-seat facility for basketball, volleyball and wrestling. Other configurations that would hold events like concerts and trade fairs may be different, he said.

The trustees are expected to consider funding opportunities further at their March 27 board meeting.

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