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Renovation for Bridgestone Arena in Nashville

The Metropolitan Sports Authority in Nashville has granted approval for the south side renovation of Bridgestone Arena. Updating arenas to meet new customer expectations is a growing trend. Nashville’s 18,500 arena, built in 1997 at a cost of $144 million typically requires a rethink.

The upgrade (architect Populous is advising) is about opening the arena, including restaurants and shops, up to its surroundings, with a plaza on the Demonbreun Street side, a modified south entrance creating open space at the corner of Fifth Avenue South and Demonbreun and a LED lighting feature along the building’s wall facing Fifth Avenue. Work should be complete by October 2013.