FOX19 has confirmed that there will be a $650,000 upgrade to U.S. Bank Arena that will make room for larger stages and 1,300 additional seats added in the coming months.
The arena is almost 40 years old and hasn't seen had a major renovation since 1997.
The Cincinnati USA convention & Visitors Bureau says the arena is so old that the biggest and best conventions and concerts are bypassing Cincinnati in favor of newer facilities.
But unlike other cities, the arena isn't publicly funded. It's privately owned by Nederlander Entertainment.
The arena opened in 1975 as Riverfront Coliseum. Its concert capacity is 17, 556.
In the last 20 years, newer arenas have opened in the region.
Columbus – Nationwide Arena
Cleveland – Quicken Loan Arena
Louisville – Yum Center
Indianapolis – Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Highland Heights, Ky. – The Bank of Kentucky Center
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