Describing the existing Tucson Convention Center arena as dreary and dingy, the Rio Nuevo board approved a $7.8 million project to revive the ‘70s-era event center.

“What we tried to come up with was something that creates a wow factor,” said board chair Fletcher McCusker.

Replacing the seats, adding a video scoreboard, covering the south wall with acoustic material, replacing signage and lighting, painting with a new color scheme, and renovating the breezeway, bathrooms and concession stands are all part of the scope of work approved by the board at Monday’s meeting.

Read more of this story Tuesday in the Arizona Daily Star and on StarNet.