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Some think Scottrade Center needs renovations to remain competitive

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The Scottrade Center hosts many of the events that would be in question. (Credit: KMOV) The Scottrade Center hosts many of the events that would be in question. (Credit: KMOV)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Many people behind the scenes at Scottrade Center believe the arena must be upgraded in order to keep hosting big events.

The NCAA Tournament has been held in St. Louis 12 of the last 18 years, including 2016. Many fans at Scottrade Center on March 18 said they think the facility is a great environment for a basketball game. But those who actually keep things running say the building is aging.

“Our goal is to make sure we are competitive. The NCAA, figure skating, USA Hockey, when they look at great buildings around the country to bring championships, we want to make sure St. Louis is on their list,” said Scottrade Center CEO Chris Zimmerman.

Zimmerman said upgrades are needed such as a new scoreboard, HD video screen, replacing the original seats and revamping the heat and air conditioning system.

The costs for renovations are estimated to be around $100 million. Zimmerman believes the Blues, Kiel Partners and the local government should contribute money to the effort, a position many deem controversial.

“It’s really for us a key tourism initiative and a key way we keep both downtown and the region vital,” said Zimmerman.

Zimmerman said Scottrade Center is looking to bid on NCAA events through 2022.

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