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$7 million in arena, coliseum upgrades approved

The Charlotte City Council Monday approved $7 million in improvements for Bojangles’ Coliseum and Time Warner Cable Arena.
The Charlotte City Council Monday approved $7 million in improvements for Bojangles’ Coliseum and Time Warner Cable Arena. rlahser@charlotteobserver.com

The Charlotte City Council on Monday approved renovations on Bojangles’ Coliseum and Time Warner Cable Arena totaling just under $7 million.

The two city-owned buildings are slated for $43.5 million in upgrades over the next four years.

Time Warner Cable Arena, which opened in 2005, will receive $27.5 million. Many of those improvements are required under an operating agreement with the Charlotte Hornets, who play in the arena and operate it for the city.

Monday’s vote paved the way for a $1.98 million upgrade to the arena’s in-house TVs and video feed. The contractor, Comprehensive Technology Group, will remove about 550 TVs from the arena and replace them with HD TVs. It will also install the equipment needed to display all in-house video in HD.

Bojangles’ Coliseum, which opened in 1955, will receive nearly $16 million in improvements. The city is upgrading the building to prepare for the Charlotte Checkers hockey team’s move there in the fall, as well as the early round games of the CIAA basketball tournament starting in 2017.

Encompass Building Group won a $3.281 million contract to renovate concession booths and dressing rooms; add handrails on steps; and remove asbestos.

Edison Foard Construction Services was awarded a $1.09 million contract to upgrade training rooms, coaches’ offices and lockers.

Inter Technologies Corp. will be paid up to $600,000 to buy and install a new audio system.

The Bojangles’ Coliseum work is expected to be finished this fall.

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