Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds to propose $80M sports complex, arena

A proposed $80 million sports and entertainment complex would reshape the Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds and the county itself, but those behind the proposal say hefty public investment is necessary.

The Helena Regional Sports Association, comprised of a six-member board, has been working to get the project off the ground since Carroll College closed its pool to the public in 2015.

A proposed $80 million sports and entertainment complex would reshape the Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds and the county itself, but those behind the proposal say hefty public investment is necessary.

THOM BRIDGE, Independent Record

What began as a need for indoor swimming has evolved over the years, expanding into a sports and entertainment mecca tentatively called “The Arc,” complete with an Olympic-sized lap pool, basketball courts, an indoor turf field, classrooms and a 9,000-seat arena capable of hosting state sports tournaments and touring musical acts.

“It’s all just an idea right now, but the affect this would have on the Helena community — I don’t know if you could even gauge it,” Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds Manager Kevin

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