Exploring the Potential for a Large Entertainment Complex in Yankton
Yankton has a unique opportunity to build Port Yankton because of its location and history. Lewis and Clark Lake attracts over a million tourists every summer, as people enjoy the camping and river recreation. More than 1.5 million people live within a two-and-a-half-hour drive, making it a potentially easy, vacation hot spot for thousands of visitors.
Like Deadwood, Yankton has tremendous history as the original capital of the Dakota Territory and as an important Missouri River port and center of commerce. Dozens of historic buildings still stand in Yankton’s downtown district, and the historic preservation and related investments in river recreation could revitalize downtown Yankton.
Also, its position in the southeast corner of the state will allow the venue to better compete with out-of-state entertainment destinations in Iowa and Nebraska, thus keeping South Dakota dollars in our state.
Will Port Yankton offer other forms of entertainment?
Yes! Port Yankton is proposed to include a convention center, hotel, restaurant and entertainment venues for both indoor and outdoor concerts.
Who benefits from the new gaming taxes generated?
The amendment is proposing 2/3 of the gaming tax revenue be allocated to support Veteran Services.