Tyson events center
Sioux City, Iowa
FEH DESIGN teamed with Ellerbe Becket for this $53 million project partially funded through a $21 million Vision Iowa matching grant. Opened in December 2003, this two-phased project started with the creation of the 220,000 sf Tyson Events Center featuring the 10,000-seat Gateway Arena. This facility is attached to Sioux City’s historic municipal auditorium. Federal tax credits for historic preservation aided the renovation of the 104,500 sf Art Deco auditorium into the Long Lines Family Rec Center. FEH DESIGN was the architect-of-record responsible for local management of the entire project and renovation of the auditorium which was completed in September 2004. Ellerbe Becket designed the arena space to accommodate hockey, arena football, basketball and sports / spectator events. Facilities include 27 suites, press box, 32 points of sale for concessions, a 20' x 40’ video display board, spacious box office / lobby, hospitality rooms and five dressing rooms. The Gateway Arena is home to both the minor league hockey Musketeers and the arena football Bandits. The arena features a horseshoe-shaped seating bowl that incorporates an end-court upper deck to provide unique flexibility in resizing capacity with minimal moving parts. Two blackout curtains and seven movable seating sections allow the building capacity to be shifted from a 6,500-seat hockey venue to a 10,000-seat concert venue.