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Glendale Approves $1.9 Million In Improvements At Gila River Arena

GLENDALE, AZ (CelebrityAccess) — Glendale's city council unanimously voted to approve $1.9 million in capital improvement for the AEG-operated Gila City Arena.

According to the Glendale Star, the investment will address a number of needed upgrades that have been on the request list for several years, including a new cooling tower and an upgraded radio system.

The items had previously been approved for upgrades, but the council never apportioned money to cover the cost.

“The previous management group requested numerous items for upgrades and they were never done,” Public Works Director Jack Friedline told the Glendale Star. “Even though it was listed and approved in the previous years, the money was never spent on the listed items.”

“While council approved that each year, the previous arena manager didn’t spend most of those funds,” Friedline added. “I believe they spent around $100,000 each year, so when you look at the $1.9 million this year, it would probably be about the average of $500,000 because it wasn’t spent in the past.”

AEG took over operation of the venue in April of this year. – Staff Writers