The Arena rendering

The above rendering shows the southwest corner and side of The Arena, a multi-sport recreational facility that is planned.

SIOUX CITY | Developers of a planned $13 million multi-sport complex in Sioux City's former stockyards unveiled the first drawings of the project Monday. 

HCC Enterprises released its first rendering of The Arena as the Sioux City Council voted unanimously to sell a tract of land in the former stockyards to the owners and approve a development agreement that will provide a $1,575,000 city economic development grant to the project. 

Jeff Carlson


HCC Enterprises is comprised of Jeff Carlson, Mike Hesse and Dustin Cooper, who all played basketball at local Sioux City colleges. 

The group plans to invest $13 million total on the 80,000-square-foot facility, which will carry a minimum assessment of $9.4 million when completed. The structure will include room for five basketball courts or eight volleyball courts, six batting cages, a turf area for speed and agility training, a weight training room, a media room, classrooms, locker rooms and outdoor patio seating. The main court for showcase events will be able to seat up to 3,000 people. 

The trio presented floor plans and renderings to the council Monday. The main angle, from the southwest, shows what motorists will see as they're driving into Sioux City. 

"This will be the first thing you see as you're driving into Sioux City," Carlson said. "We're incredibly pleased with how this turned out, and the entrance to Sioux City will be epic."

Carlson said the second floor will include a food service area with quality menu items and closed-circuit television where attendees can watch the games occurring on the courts below. He said the building's functionality will allow it to host a large tournament along with other local coaches' clinics and trainings simultaneously. 

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"Even if we're hosting outdoor events or major events, the building doesn't have to shut down," he said.

As part of the project, crews will re-align a portion of South Lafayette Street to the west side of the property to allow room for the expanded building. That will be completed prior to the rest of the project to allow continued access to the existing businesses to the south. The road will be constructed by HCC Enterprises and dedicated back to the city.  

Construction on the road is expected to begin in April or May, with work on the complex to begin in July or August and conclude in summer 2019. 

The Arena will sit nearby another project set to begin later this year, the Bomgaars Ag Expo Center. Both facilities are expected to be complete in 2019 and will work together to allow for complementary usage for events and parking. 

Rhonda Capron


Councilwoman Rhonda Capron applauded the group's investment in the city. 

"From when I first started talking to you until now, it's almost doubled," Capron said of the project. "This is just another great thing that's coming to Sioux City, and we've needed this for a long time."

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