Updates Sought For U.S. Bank Arena

Cincinnati’s  could be getting a facelift through a new plan unveiled by owners Nederlander Entertainment and AEG Facilities.

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Updates would include new points of entry, a new façade, increasing seats to approximately 18,500, a new suite level with 40 to 60 suites, a walkable concourse around the arena that will connect the plaza level to the riverfront, wider concourses, new exterior video boards and new locker room facilities.

“The greater Cincinnati region has always had the reputation as one of the nation’s most passionate sports and entertainment markets,” said Bob Newman, president, AEG Facilities. “The timing is right for this comprehensive renovation plan that will position U.S. Bank Arena as a ‘must play’ venue while attracting an even greater diversity of high profile events to one of the world’s most amazing waterfront destinations.”

Nederlander CEO Ray Harris echoed that sentiment, noting that the building must be improved in order to remain competitive.

“We’re confident this vision for a new and dramatically upgraded U.S. Bank Arena, when implemented, will give us the ability to compete for and deliver major events on a consistent basis,” Harris said. “This is a critical component of our community’s economic development.”

While a potential price for the project was not disclosed, the Cincinnati Enquirer noted any improvements would likely be funded through a public-private partnership. The last time the 40-year-old building underwent a renovation was in 1997.