GRAND ISLAND, Neb. — Officials say a new indoor riding arena and storage facility will be constructed this year at Fonner Park horse track in Grand Island.

The Independent reports ( ) that the 150-by-80-foot facility will be locate behind a cattle barn at the park.

Nebraska State Fair director Joseph McDermott says it will store 400 new horse stalls bought by the State Fair Board.

McDermott, who is also president of the Grand Island Livestock Complex Authority, says the facility and stalls will allow officials to promote Grand Island for large equine shows.

The facility could cost up to $450,000. McDermott says grants secured by the Grand Island and Hall County Visitors and Convention Bureau will pay for most of it. Construction is expected to begin this month and be completed by August.

Information from: The Grand Island Independent,

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