WORCESTER, MA (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — On January 22nd, The City of Worcester kicked off the start of a $23 million dollar renovation and expansion project at the SMG-managed DCU Center. DCU Center staff was joined by officials from the city and state as well as Lt. Governor Timothy P. Murray to mark the event with a ceremonial column breaking.
Both the exterior and interior of the arena will see renovations and plans include a redesigned box office, four new event suites, retail spaces along an expanded concourse and revamped restrooms as well as upgrades to the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems. As a part of the construction process, the arena will go dark for 5 months from May to September of this year with a planned reopening in October.
The project is being funded through taxes from a special Finance District created by the city of Worcester that will provide revenue for payments on construction loans.
The 15,000 DCU Center originally opened in 1982 and currently serves as a home to the American Hockey League team The Worcester Sharks, who just signed a three-year extension to remain at the DCU through 2016. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers