North Idaho College in Coeur d'Alene is looking to build a new arena that will benefit not just the school but all of Kootenai County.
The gym on the North Idaho College campus is over 60 years old.
"If you look at Christianson Gymnasium it's, we like to call it historic. That's the glass half full way to look at it," Mark Browning, vice president of communications and public relations at NIC, said.
"We lost a bid to host the national volleyball championship simply because we didn't have a facility that will house the event," Browning said.
Browning added there's definitely a need for a new arena, something the board of directors is looking into.
"Take a look, analyze it see if it's doable and if it is doable see what it will take," he said.
Early ideas put the new, 5,000 seat arena in the Riverstone development with a price tag of around $15 Million. The college has asked for $10 Million of that from the Lake City Development Corporation. They are still waiting on an answer. The remainder would come from private investors and fundraising. College officials say they won't increase tuition to help fund construction.
"That's one of the key elements that our trustees said, 'Look, we can't incur additional burden to the folks,' and we are very cognizant of that because the tax burden is very substantial right now," Browning said.
The new facility could host not just sporting events but concerts, conferences and other events as well. Consultants say the arena could generate more than $10 Million a year for the area.
"It's exciting. It's something not only for North Idaho College but for Kootenai County in general it will be a draw," Browning said.
If everything goes as planned, North Idaho College would like to start construction as soon as possible.