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Renderings Released For Proposed Improvements To Bridgestone Arena

Posted: Updated: Jan 25, 2013 03:35 PM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The mayor's office has released two renderings of their proposed changes to the south side of Bridgestone Arena, home of the Nashville Predators.

Major upgrades have been proposed for the side of the building closest to the Music City Center, Nashville's 1.2 million square foot convention center still under construction.

When first built in 1996, the main entrance was designed for the front of the building, on the corner of Broadway and 5th Avenue. A second entrance has always been located on the back of the building on Demonbreun Street, but city leaders want to give the back door a facelift.

The $7 million improvements include a new entrance and plaza area. Mayor Karl Dean has also proposed street-level restaurants and retail space along Demonbreun to create a better connection to Broadway.

Another $4 million will go towards the relocation of the Metro Nashville Police Department's Central Precinct from inside Bridgestone Arena to a new facility across the street from the Music City Center.

By relocating the precinct, the city would open up space in the arena for additional revenue-generating entertainment activities.

The improvements are part of Dean's $110 million capital spending plan filed earlier this month. Also included in the plan was $9.5 million for sidewalk and paving projects in the spring and another $5 million for open space and Riverfront redevelopment.

If approved, city leaders said they wanted the changes completed before the start of the Predators' 2013 season in October.

The Music City Center has been scheduled for completion in May 2013.

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