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South Dakota planning archery complex expansion

YANKTON (AP) — The National Field Archery Association is planning an expansion of an archery center in southeast South Dakota.

Association President Bruce Cull spoke to investors recently to discuss a large addition that the Easton Yankton Archery Complex will be making this year, the Yankton Press & Dakotan reported.

Cull said that one reason the center needs more space is for the 2018 World Indoor Archery Tournament it will be hosting in February. But he said another sport was also behind the idea.

"One of the issues that we had was the space that we need to do everything with all of these people, because this is an indoor tournament," he said. "We didn't quite have the room we've needed, and we've been talking about an expansion. Some different ideas came up, and one of them that hit the top was air rifle."

The new 24,000-square-foot addition will include extra multipurpose space that can be used for archery, air rifle ranges and other large non-archery events.

Cull says requirements for air rifle sports mimic many of those in place for competitive archery.

"Having clear-span space like this is really cool as far as being able to expand to another sport," he said. "We had the president of the NRA (National Rifle Association) here ... and I talked at length with him about the different opportunities. I've talked with the USOC (United States Olympic Committee), the USA Shooting director and there's a great desire to have something like this."

The project is expected to wrap up by the end of the year.

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