Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - It was years in the making but Rochester leaders will finally gather Thursday for an event marking the completion of the Mayo Civic Center expansion project.

The city waited several years to win state funding to help pay for the $84-million project. Work started in March, 2015 and the end result includes the largest ballroom in Minnesota and a brand new Riverfront Plaza.


photo from Kim David

A ribbon cutting is scheduled followed by guided tours, complimentary refreshments, entertainment, fireworks, kids’ activities and more.

Governor Dayton - who was an early supporter of the project - has been invited to take part in the event. Mayo Civic Center Executive Director Donna Drews says if Dayton can’t make it, Lt Gov. Tina Smith is expected to attend.

The public is invited to attend the event, which is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m.

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