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Could Convention Center be alternative venue in Dallas?

With Reunion Arena out of the way, some Dallas City Council members say a revamped Dallas Convention Center arean could the midsized venue now missing in the market — but some say there’s no real need.
The 51-year-old Dallas Convention Center Arena, once the biggest venue in town, is being eyed as a midsized concert hall by some members of the Dallas City Council, who say their downtown is missing out on acts going to nearby Grand Prairie.

Currently the arena seats 9,816 in a bowl-type setup. A tentative plan calls for a renovation of the place with the installation of fewer seats and a stage large enough for touring bands and shows. Right now there are no venues between the 20,000-seat American Airlines Arena and the 6,350-seat Nokia Theatre in nearby Grand Prairie.

But, of course, a renovation won’t be cheap. Some improvements in restrooms and concessions are already planned, as the downtown convention center is experiencing a renaissance of sorts, with a new attached hotel slated to open.

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