Canterbury Park officials announced Tuesday plans for a $2.5 million event and exposition center. The 30,000-square-foot structure will increase Canterbury’s available event space to more than 100,000 square feet, making it the fourth largest exhibit space in the Twin Cities.
Canterbury hosts live horse racing from mid-May through mid-September, which limited the availability of event dates.
With the new structure, events can be held on the same day as live racing. In the non-racing season, multiple events can be held simultaneously.
The structure, designed by Out Of The Box Architecture of Lake Elmo, features a 120-foot clear span joist system with 24,000 square feet of unobstructed assembly space and 6,000 square feet of entry area, offices, restrooms and storage. The spire and the round entrance door features are designed to be consistent with the existing architecture of the grandstand built in 1985.
Canterbury officials said extensive demographic and economic feasibility studies performed by Marquette Advisors, a market research firm based in Minneapolis, determined that the business climate and population increases in the market area are creating strong growth in demand for event and exposition space. Canterbury officials said the site is already a preferred venue for many groups and promoters due to its ample free parking, ease of access, and security and safety.
Construction will begin in May with a completion date in early September