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Erie Otters, residents looking forward to Tullio Arena renovations

The long-term viability of the Erie Otters lies in a planned renovation of Tullio Arena.

Tullio Arena was built in 1983 and has been largely unchanged since that time. The Erie Otters (OHL) have played there since 1996, making do with that most consider to be a subpar facility.

But that's changing, as renovations of the facility could begin as soon as this winter. The money apparently is all in place: $32 million from the state and $10.2 from Erie County. The renovations will expand the concourses, upgrade seating and concessions, and add restrooms, as the focus will be on improving fan comfort. The renovations will also allow the Otters to bid for other OHL-related events and tourneys in the future.

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