City seeking input on future of Knoxville Civic Coliseum

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The City of Knoxville is seeking public comment on a new study about the future of the Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum complex.

Among the findings in the 119-page study is that the Coliseum has exceeded its practical life and needs to be brought up to state-of-the-industry standards to continue accommodating existing event activities, which would require renovation and/or redevelopment.

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The Auditorium continues to serve market demand for fixed-seating venue space, but consideration should be given to updating the seats, decor, food and beverage provisions, back of house and other functional mesaures.

The study provides three alternatives: retaining the current structure with minimal upgrades, renovating and developing the complex, or completely replacing the complex. Cost estimates range from $26 million to $279.5 million. The study also looks at the economic benefits of each scenario.

“The Civic Auditorium and Coliseum are more than 50 years old, and it was time to take a good, hard look at their future,” Mayor Madeline Rogero said. “The consultants have presented us with detailed information about their current conditions, and rough cost estimates for either retaining or replacing them. Now we really want to hear from the community before we make any decisions about how to proceed.”

The study was conducted by Conventions, Sports and Leisure International. A meeting on the study is scheduled for Thursday, January 14, in the Coliseum Ballroom, 500 Howard Baker Jr. Avenue, at 6 p.m. Free parking will be available in the Coliseum garage.

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