U.S. Bank Arena’s proposed $340 million renovation could be ‘dead on arrival’
DEVELOPING AT 11… THE U-S BANK ARENA IS MORE THAN 40 YEARS OLD. NOW THE HOME TO SO MANY TEAMS OVER THE YEARS IS IN A COMPTITION OF ITS OWN OVER HOW TO PAY FOR TEARING IT DOWN AND BUILDING A REPLACEMENT. AT THE CORE OF THE PLAN… EXTENDING A COUNTY SALES TAX. BUT SOME COUNTY LEADERS TOLD NINE ON YOUR SIDE’S EVAN MILLWARTONIGHT THAT IDEA JUST WON’T WORK. Evan Millward/@EvanMillward – The oldColiseum has seen a lot in its 40 years – from making history with The Who tragedy – to big name acts – to a home for hockey. But what it hasn’t seen in decades is a renovation. It’s owners say now it’s time to tear it down. THESE 20-15 RENDERINGS SHOW A SHINY NEW GEM ON THE RIVER.U-S BANK ARENA OWNER NEDERLANDER ENTERTAINMENT NOW SAYS TEARING IT DOWN AND STARTING OVER WOULD COST 340 MILLION DOLLARS. BUT THIS TIME THEY WANT TO SELL THE ARENA TO THE PORT AUTHORITY – SOMETHING REPUBLICAN COUNTY COMMISSIONER CHRIS MONZEL SAYS DOESN’T MAKE SENSE.Chris Monzel/(R) Hamilton Co. Commissioner – On The Phone 0046 The county already has two stadiums, I don’t think we need an arena to add to that. It’s not a corefunction of county government to be in stadium business or the arena business. DEMOCRATIC COMMISSIONER TODD PORTUNE AGREED – TELLING ME THE PROPOSAL WAS DEAD ON ARRIVAL.IT REQUIRES AN EXTENSION OF A COUNTY SALES TAX – IMPOSED TO FUND THE UNION TERMINAL RENOVATION. Monzel 0105 We just can’t do that from the county’s perspective and I’m not supportive of that.IT WOULD ADD TWO-THOUSAND SEATS TO THE ARENA – WITH LUXURY BOXES AND NEW OPEN CONCOURSES.THE OWNERS TELL WCPO’s DAN MONK IT COULD HOST UP TO 40 ADDITIONAL EVENTS AND BOOST ATTENDANCE TO MORE THAN ONE MILLION.NATS – playgroundAT BLUE ASH’S SUMMIT PARK -NATS – playground- PEOPLE WE ASKED WEREN’T AS ENTHUSED.Shalena Wilson/Milford 214200 If we’re having to pay for it, I think it would be fine to leave it as is now.BUT HER HUSBAND IS MORE OPEN TO THE IDEA.Dan Wilson/Milford 214432 If Northern Kentucky got the soccer stadium, yeah, I could maybe be up for that. THE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MEET MONDAY.THIS – AMONG OTHER BIG PROJECTS LIKE THE BRENT SPENCE BRIDGE – ARE ON THE LIST OF THINGS TO START TALKING ABOUT. BUT YOU’VE HEARD THEM CLEARLY – THEY DON’T WANT U-S BANK ARENA TO WORK OUT LIKE THE OTHER STADIUM PROJECTS OF THE 90S.LIVE DOWNTOWN, EM, 9OYS.