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Xavier Cintas Center is undergoing a USD$25m face-lift. The master plan for renovations are designed by ROSSETTI to refresh the fan experience for the 15-year-old facility. 

ROSSETTI teamed with local Cincinnati architect, MSA, to design new hospitality and student athlete experiences at Xavier Cintas Center.

The popular Joseph Club, previously enclosed in glass and cut off from the arena, will be opened up into the bowl, increasing revenue opportunities and connecting the club and seating experiences.

Courtside ticketholders will get upgraded premium seating and access to a new Courtside Club, formerly storage space, that will feature views into the player tunnel.

The Center will also be expanding its sports medicine facility and creating a new weight, strength and conditioning space for student athletes.

A revamped academic centre will double as a general admission club on game days.

Future plans for the USD$25m renovations also include a new arrival experience via signage, lighting and a redesigned concourse.


Jim Renne, Sports Principal at ROSSETTI, is one of the more than 40 industry expert speakers taking part in our ‘live’ event, Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015, which brings together the leaders in sports venue design/build, management, operation, fit-out and technology. Check out the Preliminary Conference Program online at:

Delaware North Companies reveals TD Garden concourse renovation plan

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Delaware North Companies, owner and operator of TD Garden and Sportservice, has announced the design and details of the concourse phase of a US$70m renovation project currently underway at TD Garden. The complete overhaul of levels 4 and 7 of the arena will touch every aspect of the fan experience, including infrastructure to support high-density wifi, redesigned concourse hospitality zones and concession stands, and updated food and beverage concepts.

In addition to the concourse renovation, this privately-financed, two-year transformation also includes the development of a new ProShop on level 2 of the arena, a comprehensive renovation of the Legends Club, the private high-end restaurant for Bruins and Celtics season ticket holders, and upgraded technology infrastructure throughout. Despite a busy calendar of summer events, the TD Garden will be open throughout the renovations with limited construction impacts. The level 4 concourse, half of the food and beverage stands, and Legends Club are expected to be complete for the beginning of the season, the Bruins ProShop by the end of the year and the level 7 concourse makeover is slated for summer of 2015.

Charlie Jacobs, Principal of Delaware North Companies and Boston Bruins, said:

The Jacobs family is committed bringing fans a first class experience every time they enter the TD Garden, and we believe that these improvements will make our building the standard by which other venues are measured. As you can see today, we are working tirelessly through the summer months to ensure that our fans will experience the industry leading hospitality that they deserve when they arrive at the TD Garden to support the Bruins and Celtics, and all our events next season.

Design of the renovations to the concourse, the arena’s largest fan gathering areas, is being led by ROSSETTI, a renowned sports and hospitality architecture firm. ROSSETTI’s goal is to infuse the rich history of the City of Boston, the Bruins and the Celtics with modern technology that activates fan engagement physically and digitally and that brings sponsorship activation to life.

Keyy Deines, Principal and Creative Director at ROSSETTI, said:

TD Garden has an incredibly rich sports heritage that resonates with fans. We wanted to respect that nostalgia while emphasizing Boston’s industrial transit background. So we framed the design with indigenous Boston references while celebrating the Garden’s sports legacy, and then used technology in creative ways throughout the concourse and in clubs.

TD Garden is adding updated technology infrastructure and state-of-the-art solutions from Cisco to support digital fan experiences well into the future. With the help of over 400 antennas, high-density wifi will be available throughout the arena, giving fans the opportunity to use TD Garden and team apps, send pictures and post on social media sites from their wireless devices. TD Garden is even exploring adding wifi hot-spot antennas within the hockey boards, which has the potential to be an industry first. Additionally, the TD Garden app, available for download in iTunes and Google Play, has a special ‘Check-in and Win’ functionality and contest for every arena event.

New technology features will be integrated throughout the arena’s overall renovation, including but not limited to over 200 dynamic digital signage boards via Cisco StadiumVision and new point-of-sale technology for Sportservice’s food, beverage and retail locations. The TD Garden data architecture, both wired and wireless, is based on Cisco’s Connected Stadium design and will enhance overall fan engagement.

As part of this two-year renovation, Sportservice, the arena’s food and beverage services, and retail management company will overhaul all the existing food and beverage locations on the concourses, and also introduce 25 new portable food and beverage carts. More than 12,000 square feet of reconfigured common space designed to provide a place for fans to socialize, dine and drink have been incorporated into the new design. Two new ‘Market Places’ and multiple Craft Beer Bars will integrate local neighborhood flavors into the arena experience. Overall, Sportservice’s updated food and beverage concepts will emphasize bringing a taste of Boston to TD Garden with specialty menu items selected for their connection to Boston and New England.

These major investments are part of the ongoing commitment of Delaware North Companies to maintain the arena’s industry-leading status, with the primary focus on the fan experience, as it approaches its 20-year anniversary. Prior to this renovation project, the Jacobs family and Delaware North Companies have privately financed more than $20 million over the last four years on renovations to TD Garden’s Premium Club products, a new ecofriendly roof and technology upgrades.

For more details on the project, go to: TD Garden

SAE Asia Pacific 2014 red box

Delaware North Companies is an Event Sponsor for this month’s Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific event being held at the Singapore Sports Hub Sept 24-26, with the company being the sponsor for the Evening Networking Reception on Thursday Sept 25.

In addition, Jim Houser, Chief Operating Officer at Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, will provide his insights during the event’s “Revenue generation: maximising returns for your sports venue or event” panel session also being held on Thursday Sept 25.

For further information, visit the show’s website at:


Rupp Arena appoints renovation architect

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The Lexington Center Corporation Board of Directors has unveiled a renovation plan for Rupp Arena that will separate the 37-year-old home of Kentucky men’s basketball from the adjoining convention center, which will be expanded.

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear said:

It needs to be a state-of-the-art facility.

NBBJ has got the design job  and Hunt Construction Group the construction. The renovation is expected to take place between fall 2014 and fall 2016.

The 23,500-seat capacity will be retained, chair-back seats installed throughout and concourses expanded. There will be a new scoreboard – picture courtesy of NBBJ.

National Indoor Arena begins refurb

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Work on the £26m redevelopment of Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena (NIA) will commence this month, following the appointment of contractor BAM Construction.

Phil Mead, Managing Director of Arenas, NEC Group, said:

This redevelopment is vital in ensuring we continue to attract world-class artists to Birmingham in a competitive global marketplace, giving promoters, visiting artists and our audience the best possible experience.

The redevelopment of the NIA is responding to the changing expectations from audiences on their pre and post show experience; as well as interaction at the venue before and after events, and the sharing of experiences on social media, they want great food and beverage offerings, comfort, the latest technology and a great sense of arrival as part of their visit.

Phase 1 in 2013 will centre on the redevelopment of key backstage areas of the NIA, including control room, medical and storage facilities, as well as production offices, crew catering facilities and dressing rooms – offering the latest in technology and first-class facilities for promoters and artists.

Phase 2 in 2014 will move into a further period of redevelopment work, including hospitality suites, concourse expansion, improved circulation areas and – most significantly – the new external façade of the NIA. The NIA redevelopment is due for completion in winter 2014.

With full backing by Birmingham City Council as part of their Big City Plan, the modernisation of the NIA will take advantage of its unique location on the city’s canal side.

The most dramatic element will be a new glass-fronted façade and Front of House Showcase straight from Brindleyplace into the arena, creating a dynamic arrival for visitors and adding 5,926 sqm of pre/post show space into the 13,437 sqm of redevelopment. Iconic ‘Sky Needles’ on top of the NIA will add to the skyline of Birmingham and light up at night.

Standing capacity for the NIA will increase to circa 15,000 and seating capacity to 12,500.

Enhanced hospitality/food and beverage offers and seven-days-a-week retail outlets will all add value to the visitor experience. The flow within the NIA will be made much easier, increasing the ease of access and comfort for promoters and visitors alike.

All areas of the NIA will be touched by the redevelopment – from front of house through to backstage. The dressing rooms will be completely transformed to provide a 5 star experience for visiting artists.

On the appointment of BAM, just coming off the Leeds Arena project, as contractor after two stages of tender, Mead said:

BAM Construction presented a most compelling case which resulted in them being awarded the main contract and we look forward to working in partnership with them to make the Future NIA a reality.

Artist’s impression of the redeveloped NIA, Birmingham.

Artist’s impression of the redeveloped NIA, Birmingham.


Renovation for Bridgestone Arena in Nashville

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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.

University of Wyoming A-A ramps up refurb

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The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees has authorised negotiation of a contract with Haselden Construction of Casper to serve as construction manager for the $12 million renovation of the University of Wyoming Arena-Auditorium (A-A). The firm was chosen from a list of four finalists, all Wyoming companies.

The first phase of the A-A project will involve expansion and replacement of the basketball court floor to provide two practice courts and reorientation of the competition court; reconfiguration and replacement of the seating in the lower bowl to include up to 500 club seats, as well as dedicated media, band and student sections; renovation of most of the current locker room level; installation of upgraded lights and new video boards, LED ribbon boards and sound system; and life-safety and Americans with Disabilities Act improvements.

The project will be funded by $7 million in private donations and $5 million in state matching funds. Construction is scheduled to begin in March 2014, and be completed in time for the start of the basketball season in October 2014.

The second phase of improvements to the A-A, which opened in 1982, will include building additions and renovations at the concourse level. The estimated cost for that phase is $18 million. No construction timeline has been established.

Opened in 1982, the UW Arena-Auditorium will be renovated following the 2013-2014 basketball season.

Opened in 1982, the UW Arena-Auditorium will be renovated following the 2013-2014 basketball season.