City plans to renovate Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum

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The Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum may be getting a makeover in the future. 

The City of Knoxville is seeking an architecture and engineering team to design and make recommendations for improvements. 

The building was built in 1961 and has a 6,500-capacity coliseum and a 2,500-capacity auditorium. It is home to the Knoxville Ice Bears and hosts many entertainment events. 

Read the original feasibility study for a new facility here

“I would love to be able to build a new Coliseum for more than 250,000 people who attend events at KCAC every year,” said Mayor Madeline Rogero. “But with other pressing priorities, including the need for a new headquarters for our Police and Fire departments, it is not realistic to fund a project of that scale in a short term. So I’m recommending that we make some crucial upgrades in the next two years to address longstanding needs. We want to provide a good experience for everyone who comes to see music and shows and the Ice Bears. This will keep KCAC viable without eliminating future possibilities for the facility.” 

Items listed for improvement include:

  • Coliseum
    • Ice floor
    • Box seats/ice pit/ice cover/media platform
    • Air Handler Units/Ventilation
    • LED sports lighting
    • Scoreboard
    • LED lighting for seats and halls
    • Ceiling scrape, prime and paint
    • Asbestos survey
    • Exterior seepage
    • Restroom upgrades
    • Locker room upgrades
    • Electrical Upgrades
  • Auditorium
    • New stagehouse rigging bridge
    • FIre panel upgrade
    • Replace roof smoke vents
    • Carpet for house seating aisles
    • Replace seats
    • New stage floor
    • Update catwalk
    • Electric orchestra pit lift
  • Garage
    • Garage cameras
    • Garage A controlled access gate
    • Garage Repairs Phase II

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