CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - 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
- Built in 2000
- Concert capacity: 21,000
- Publicly funded
Cleveland – Quicken Loan Arena
- Built in 1994
- Concert capacity: 20, 562
- Built with tax money, team has invested $129 million
Louisville – Yum Center
- Built in 2010
- Concert capacity: 17,500
- Developed, financed and built by an authority with ties to the state of Kentucky
Indianapolis – Bankers Life Fieldhouse
- Built in 1999
- Capacity: 20,000 for center stage concerts
- Owner: City of Indianapolis
Highland Heights, Ky. – The Bank of Kentucky Center
- Built in 2008
- Capacity (center stage): 10,500
- Owner: Northern Kentucky University