Groundbreaking for new ice arena in Watertown held Wednesday

WATERTOWN, S.D.(KXLG)- Last Wednesday was another historic day for the City of Watertown at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new ice arena project and the naming rights announcement. The Council had a quick preliminary council meeting to give it official approval.

As part of their uniform branding concept with the $3.5 million donation, Prairie Lakes will now have 35 years of naming rights on the Wellness Center and the new “Prairie Lakes Ice Arena.” Also, solidifying exclusivity to be the official provider for any future “sports medicine” needed. Prairie Lakes also provides sports medicine services to the Watertown School District.

The groundbreaking ceremony kicked off with a speech from Mayor Ried Holien.

City Manager Amanda Mack stepped to the mic as well.

Dick Strassburg with Tegra had some comments for Watertown and mentioned graduating in Clear Lake.

Tom Betti with 292 Design spoke to the ice arena’s quality and efficiency, calling it a “generational investment.”

Brad Barickman with RJM Construction talked about being excited to partner and represent the City. He also says committing to a product with potential supply chain issues was a great idea. Therefore allowing construction to start sooner by getting the walls up will enable them to work through the winter.

Local Eric Skott, the owner of Crestone Companies, commented on partnering.

Mayor Holien wraps up by recognizing the Council, some past Council members, and the fundraiser group “Build it Now.” Then publically announced Prairie Lakes naming rights.

KXLG News then caught Chairman of the Prairie Lakes Board Robb Peterson.