Civic Arena potential renovation would help local businesses downtown
Another looming big parks and rec project is the future of the civic arena.city leaders and others believe an up-to-date civic is the ticket to holding more events and bringing more people into downtown st.
Joseph., but they are a long way -- and a lot of money -- away from that goal.kq2's mitchell riberal has the story (sot, brett esely: ""this building is the right size, the right seating size, it just needs some upkeep, some upgrades" brett esley)with talks of renovating civic arena ongoing...some local businesses supporting it"it would help tremendously, any event, rodeo, concert, show, that they have down there is our mainstay and thats part of the reason we moved down here" ground round owner marcia hayes getting the arena remodeled doesn't just mean a building for events, but a reason for many to go downtown and visit other businesses, too a lot of new places that have opened up you know that i think a lot of people don't even know they are downtown.
These events we have at the civic arena or even the theater, it makes people be more aware, they see what we have to offer downtown."
Hayes and if the renovations come to fruition..city leaders believe more events can come to town..
(sot) "if we do that, this puts us in a considerable cycle to be in line for several events, several sporting events.
But its not just about sporting events, its about numerous number of events that are a good fit here in st.
Joein the past, civic arena staged ncaa tournaments, which over the 5 week total of those events, brought in 3.6 million dollars in just hotel roomsmeaning local businessesgain profit everyday"again those figures are gonna go up cause it's been about 11 years since we've hosted that event.
So the economic impact for our city is immeasurable" brett esleywith talks of revitalizing the arena and civic holding the division ii elite 8 in a couple of years, those for it, believe renovations are the last piece of the puzzle"we've got the location, we've got the hospitality, now we need the venue to go along with that" brett esleyreporting in st.
Joseph, mitchell st.
Joseph and the civic arena are set to host the ncaa division two women's basketball elite eight in 20-23