Knoxville Civic Auditorium & Coliseum set for last phase of renovations

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Phase 2 of the city’s renovation project of the Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum begins in one week, with all bookings scheduled around it, and is expected to run through October. 

The Colisuem is closed for these renovations through September, the city said, while the Auditorium will be closed for renovations from Aug. 22 through late October. Mary Costa Plaza, the performance lawn and garages will remain available for use during the renovation. 

The City of Knoxville announced Monday its final phase of the $10 million renovation project at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum begins April 29, with an expected completion by late October 2019. 

Phase 1 of the renovations began summer 2018 after a 2016 study found the need for improvements. 

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“There’s a lot of momentum around this important renovation, which allows us to keep the Civic Auditorium and Coliseum a major destination for Knoxville,” said Chip Barry, Knoxville Deputy Chief of Operations.

Phase 2 will include “many highly-visible upgrades,” Barry said, along with a modern redesign of restrooms in the Coliseum, including an increase in the number of restroom facilities. 

Phase 2 renovations at the Coliseum include:

  •  Replacement of a second HVAC unit;
  •  Improvement of the roof drain system; 
  •  Power upgrades to meet the needs of larger performances;
  •  Replacement of the original 1961 ice floor; 
  •  Installation of new dashers with wide-view acrylic glass;
  •  Upgrades to restrooms, adding up to 75 new fixtures; and
  •  Installation of a center-hung, four-sided video panel system and scoreboard.

Phase 2 renovations at the Auditorium will include:

  •  Replacement of the stage smoke vents for theatrical events;
  •  Installation of a motorized orchestra pit lift;
  •  Power upgrades to meet market needs for larger shows;
  •  An enhanced stage fly system, which maneuvers sets, lighting and backdrops;
  •  Installation of catwalk safety upgrades;
  •  Re-covering of the original hardwood stage floor with a professional stage flooring system; and
  •  Installation of security camera upgrades for the building and garages.

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Following a 2016 feasibility study of KCAC by Conventions, Sports & Leisure International, the city decided to invest in upgrades to address longstanding needs at the nearly 60-year-old building.

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