A view of the ice at the Scottrade Center, home of the St. Louis Blues. | Courtesy of Victoria Geisz/Flickr

Scottrade Center needs major renovation, Blues say



A view of the ice at the Scottrade Center, home of the St. Louis Blues. | Courtesy of Victoria Geisz/Flickr
A view of the ice at the Scottrade Center, home of the St. Louis Blues. | Courtesy of Victoria Geisz/Flickr

Regardless of whether a new $1 billion NFL stadium gets built along St. Louis’ north Mississippi riverfront, funding for sports facilities will continue to be a hot topic for the foreseeable future.

St. Louis Blues owner Tom Stillman says the Scottrade Center is in desperate need of an upgrade. Stillman has met with city of St. Louis officials on what a renovation could include and how it could be financed.

While speaking on a panel at a Washington University business of sports seminar, Stillman said that generally, arenas around the 20-year mark go through a major renovation. The same, he said, is necessary at the Scottrade Center, which opened as the Kiel Center in 1994.

Stillman also mentioned the key role that Scottrade plays in bringing other big events to St. Louis, like major concerts and other sporting events.

Blues officials declined to discuss the matter further beyond Blues CEO Chris Zimmerman saying the organization still isn’t at a point “where we have meaningful feedback on the plans for the building.”

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