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MacGuy

Knoxville Civic Coliseum makeover will keep Ice Bears in town

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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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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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Glenn Jacobs, expected to be elected mayor is a libertarian. What that means for Knox County.

By Tyler Whetstone - News Sentinel

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Search “Glenn Jacobs” on Google and once you get past stories transcribing his rise to being the GOP nominee for Knox County mayor and once you get past the videos of him as WWE wrestler Kanethrowing much smaller people around the wrestling ring, you will find old blog posts and political essays with his byline.

For years, Jacobs has been one of the largest proponents for the libertarian brand of Republican politics. The tenants of the brand include two major focuses: pushing for individual freedoms and being, at times, very fiscally conservative.

That sounds like we'll be lucky to get the promised "improvements."

Unless he thinks a better venue will bring in more WWE fans.

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4 hours ago, MacGuy said:

... That sounds like we'll be lucky to get the promised "improvements."

Unless he thinks a better venue will bring in more WWE fans.

Maybe he'll insist on replacing those quaint wooden seats with metal folding chairs.  :beat:

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I'm not sure how this will affect anything.  Glenn Jacobs is running for Knox County Mayor - the proposal to upgrade the Coliseum is from the city.

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Is Tennessee the only U.S. state to have "mayors" as county top execs?  I'd never heard that position assigned to a mayor before.  :huh:

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1 hour ago, MacGuy said:

Nope.

So per Wiki-rumor, there are three states with "county mayor" positions (GA, TN, UT).  But it seems Tennessee is the only one that mandates the title.  Y'all win.  :TN:

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According to Mary Stephens-Bogert, the general manager of SMG Knoxville, this is the schedule for renovations:

This summer is the coliseum air handlers, new LED sports lighting, correct water seepage issues, sandblast and paint coliseum ceiling, and video scoreboards.
Next summer, second coliseum air handler, coliseum bathrooms, new ice floor, dashers, vip boxes, back of house hockey flooring, dressing rooms, electrical upgrades, garage repairs, new auditorium seating and stage house work.

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The KCAC just posted an update on the Coliseum makeover:

• Striping and re-painting of the Coliseum ceiling is complete.

• New color-changing LED sports lighting is currently being installed.

• New center-hanging video scoreboard will not be in place for the beginning of hockey season due to paint removal and studies that need to be conducted.

• New air handler is being added.

• Player dressing room, lounge, and weight rooms are getting a face lift.

• Chuck-a-puck traffic will now pass through a new man-door at the exhibition hall corner of the arena.

 

Coming soon for all ticketed events:

• Walk-through metal detectors will make security check points quicker.

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