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Karting Expands in Sioux Falls with a new Indoor Facility

Published By James McMahon     November 20, 2014    
611 West Ave, Sioux Falls, SD, United States - Get Directions


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For about four months out of the year, people in the Sioux Falls area can go go-kart racing and play mini golf. But once winter sets in, that kind of entertainment is no longer an option.


A new Sioux Falls business is about to change that.  Raceway Indoor Sports Entertainment or RISE is taking over an old warehouse near the events center.


37,000 square feet of the old American Tire warehouse on West Avenue is about to become a fun center for families.  It's the vision of Jeff Iverson who's been working to bring Raceway Indoor Sports Entertainment or RISE to life for the last six years.


"It's really unreal. I pinch myself almost every day. You don't often get to live your dream and I'm able to live it almost to the T, exactly the way I envisioned it six years ago," Iverson said.


When it's complete, RISE will include mini-golf, a rock climbing wall, batting cages, an arcade, a play area for small kids and the main feature, go-kart racing--all under one roof.


 "I didn't want it to have just one attraction. I wanted it to have several that would appeal to a family of 3-4 children; maybe one wants to race, one wants to play golf, maybe one wants to climb the wall," Iverson said.

All the go-karts will be electric, which is a safer and a lot less noise for indoors. They'll also have racing leagues for adults three nights a week. 


"It's very popular and that's where a lot of your sprint car drivers, when they were younger, that's where they got their start was competitive kart racing.  And we've never had that here," Iverson said.


One of Iverson's partners Gerry Renner says RISE will provide something for everyone. 


"Two of the karts we're going to have will be hand controlled, so if you're physically impaired--your legs don't work, you can still drive a kart," Renner said.


RISE says it wants to offer a clean, safe place where families can bond while having fun.


"We thought that RISE was an uplifting message we were giving, so that's where Raceway Indoor Sports Entertainment came from and that's what ride stands for," Iverson said.


RISE is gearing up for its New Year's Day opening and will hire eight full time and 20part time employees.


RISE also plans to start a good grades program for kids and offer discounts for grades after school lets out, when they bring in their report card.

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