Feb 11, 2013 7:35 PM by David Ortiviz

PBR arena will join convention center expansion

Leaders in Pueblo are defending their plan to build a new training arena for the Professional Bull Riders. It's all part of $44 million upgrade to the riverwalk, using future state sales tax revenues.

City developers have earmarked $2.5 million to build that facility, which will train bull riders, judges and clowns. An analyst group from Denver estimates the training university will attract 30,000 out-of-town visitors to Pueblo every year.

But you may be wondering if this is a wise investment? PBR has committed to stay in pueblo for 8-more years, but after that they could possibly leave town.

"You know if it changes and they're no longer in need of that facility, we can go ahead and use this facility for club sports, conventions and exhibition hall," said Jim Munch, with the HARP Authority.

To accommodate other activities developers have redesigned the project from a stand alone building, to part of the future expanded convention center.

Construction on both those projects could start as early as next year.



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