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MacGuy

Knoxville Civic Coliseum makeover will keep Ice Bears in town

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Knoxville Civic Coliseum makeover will keep Ice Bears in town

WBIR - Ch. 10 News

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4 hours ago, MacGuy said:

Knoxville Civic Coliseum makeover will keep Ice Bears in town

WBIR - Ch. 10 News

Why can't they just get a new arena 

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13 minutes ago, FlyersFan17 said:

Why can't they just get a new arena 

A little thing called $$$. 140 M to replace, 26 M to upgrade, per the video. And most of that at taxpayers' expense.

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22 minutes ago, PlannedObsolescence said:

A little thing called $$$. 140 M to replace, 26 M to upgrade, per the video. And most of that at taxpayers' expense.

What are they upgrading 

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18 hours ago, FlyersFan17 said:

What are they upgrading 

Video scoreboard and box seats.  The rest is lipstick on a pig.  The study showed it would take $26 million just to make the facility bare minimum usable moving forward.  This project is about $10 million.  Actually, the better part of the renovations is taking place on the auditorium side of the facility, not the Coliseum.  This is just kicking the can down the road, and not even a good job of that.  It is embarrassing that Knoxville wants to compete with other thriving cities of its size, yet it has no decent facility for this type of use.  One ounce of foresight would reveal that a new Coliseum/Auditorium complex with adjacent living and retail space would expand the thriving downtown across the Church Street Bridge to an underutilized side of the city moving further towards an area of blight that needs revitalized.  They could expand the boundaries of the city and influence the boundaries of some disadvantaged areas of town that don't contribute much more than crime and poverty right now.  A new building could provide some badly needed financial opportunities in an area of need that the Coliseum doesn't currently provide in the numbers a new building could.  Just the new, upgraded, expanded hotel presence downtown would benefit from such a facility.  I wouldn't see a problem dropping this on the backs of area visitors with some combination of hotel and rental car taxes.

My only hope in this area is that there is a long term plan to put the Smokies and Ice Bears in an Athletic/Entertainment complex closer to the Old City further in the future.  Maybe this is a known thing to the power brokers, and they are just buying time for that. If not, it's all a real shame.

Knoxville is really missing out on an opportunity like this, as well as building up a thriving Parks and Recreation presence.  The bike trails are fabulous, but there is so much more money to be had if the city and/or county took youth and adult sports facilities seriously and tapped into an area where people are spending mind-boggling amounts of money freely for sports/tournaments/etc.

OK, I'll get off my soapbox now.

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