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Possibilities for a New Event Center in Missoula

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Community leaders are paving the way for a new kind of multi-use event center in Missoula.

Officials say they have been working on building an events center for the past 20 years, but acquiring the necessary 20 acres of land proved hard to accomplish.

But Missoula community leaders recently toured a 14-story events center in Boise, Idaho, which sat on just two acres in the downtown area.

Kim Latrielle, president and CEO of the Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce says the center in Boise also includes a 256-room hotel and underground parking garage. She says the venue was built by a private developer, who's also worked on projects in Missoula.

Now, the chamber has a proven business model to replicate in Missoula, all that's needed is an offer from a private developer and a willing landowner.

Latrielle says the events center could bring high school basketball tournaments, concerts, trade shows and even professional hockey into the community during the shoulder season. She also tells us that Missoula's Chamber, Visitors Bureau and other entities sometimes bid on events two years ahead of time.

She says those bids rule out Missoula's current large-scale venue, UM's Adam's center, because the university doesn't know the Griz basketball schedule that far in advance.

 

Latrielle says the idea is to bring events to Missoula in addition to those that fill the Adam's Center or the Wilma Theater.

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