By: Mike Springer
April 1, 2013
Tallahassee, FL-The 32-year-old Civic Center is no Spring Chicken.
"Just out of date. Old," said Tallahassee resident, Joshua Prater.
"I don't like it that much. I come if I have to," said Tallahassee resident, Megan Treadwell.
But that could soon change. Florida State University wants to spend between $40 and $100 million on updates to the 12-thousand seat facility.
FSU is expected to take over ownership of the Civic Center from the City of Tallahassee and Leon County with the legislature's approval.
The deal was discussed last year after the Civic Center amassed about 4 million dollars worth of debt.
One of the reasons the Civic Center is struggling is because it's just not selling the number of tickets it needs to. A consultant says the Civic Center sells out about four times a year.
But FSU hopes the proposed upgrades change that. On the table are new seats, a new scoreboard and sound system and improvements to the ballroom and meeting rooms. Leon County Commissioner Mary Ann Lindley is all for it.
"We want to keep this facility in the best condition it can be so it's not only convenient, handy and safe for people who are there, but also as a real selling tool for our tourism and visitors," said Lindley.
There's no time-frame yet for when the renovations may start. The Florida Legislature is expected to approve the transfer of the Civic Center's ownership sometime during session.