the DEX

Dakota Events CompleX

The DEX, located at the SD State Fairgrounds, is a one of a kind multifunctional space. With over 150,000 square feet to play with, this building can transform from a cattle barn and arena stalling up to 1,700 head, to a rodeo arena with two full size arenas or even a concert venue! No matter what you're looking to do, the DEX is here for you! 

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The DEX features:

  • 150,000 square feet, one-of-a-kind, livestock and equestrian facility that will set a new standard for hosting local and national events.
  • 5,000 bleacher seats for spectators
  • The capacity to host two full size equestrian arenas, larger livestock shows, concerts, auto thrill shows, and events throughout the year make this complex unmatched.
  • House two, full-sized equestrian arenas, or 1,700 plus cattle stalls
  • Heated for year-round usage and include a ventilation system to ensure proper air movement.
  • To create a positive experience for livestock shows and equestrian events, adequate electrical drops and a variety of access points for water, including water drops throughout the building, will be available.
  • The DEX will have a pre-function and concession area with restrooms.
  • The plans also include an enclosable, heated wash rack connected to the DEX.

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