Cheyenne Frontier Days officially broke ground this (Tuesday) afternoon on its new multi-purpose building at Frontier Park.

"Frontier Park is hallowed ground," said CFD CEO Tom Hirsig. "It's where many of us grew up."

"We are a bucket list item across the world and we must maintain that status," Hirsig added. "In order to do that we must stay here (and) this project says we are here to stay."

Hirsig says the roughly $7 million project is the result of many hours of hard work by both volunteers and CFD staff.

"A project of this magnitude is not something we take lightly," said Hirsig. "It has come from a few years of discussions both internally at CFD and externally within the community."

Once completed, the three-story building will house the General Committee and staff and provide much-needed meeting space for CFD volunteers.

It will also feature a large meeting space that can be rented out year-round for events such as weddings and conferences.

"We've hit some capacity issues with some of our convention center-type areas," said Project Manager Darin Westby. "This will add another arrow for the quiver of Cheyenne for that kind of space."

​Westby says they're pushing to have the building complete by mid-May of next year.

"There's a lot of dominoes that need to fall in place for this thing to happen on time, but I think we've got a great team put together to make that happen," said Westby. "I'm pretty excited about it."