Rodeo grounds grandstand ramp to be replaced with staircase, wheelchair lift installed

March 27, 2019

DEADWOOD — Winding one’s way up the ramp to the grandstands proper will soon no longer be a thing at the Deadwood Event Center.

The Deadwood City Commission approved March 18 the expenditure of up to $45,000 for an ADA compliance project at the rodeo grounds, a budgeted historic preservation capital assets item.

“The project was prompted by the condition of the existing access ramp and the ability to move people into and out of the venue,” said Planning and Zoning Administrator Bob Nelson, Jr.

The project involves restoration and remodel work within a “bandshell” area of the main Juso Brothers Grandstand, as well as removing the existing dilapidated access ramp on the north end of the Juso Brothers Grandstands.

“The north end of the grandstands will then have a staircase constructed for access and a wheelchair lift will be installed within the bandshell,” Nelson said.

The ramp will be torn out and a double staircase installed in its place. The wheelchair lift will be installed in an existing staircase roughly in the middle of the grandstands.

“It will take people from the ground floor to the main platform,” Nelson said.

Hopes are to have the work finished by the next major event at the complex, the Deadwood PBR June 7-8.

“The work will begin any day and we hope to be complete by June 6,” Nelson said.

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