Fresh off the St. Louis Blues’ Stanley Cup victory, the Enterprise Center is receiving the latest renovations in a multiphase project.
Over the last two summers, Enterprise Center (formerly Scottrade Center) has been the site of construction work, as the venue receives upgrades to modernize fan and team amenities. An initial round of upgrades took place over the summer of 2017, while renovations completed in 2018 resulted in major changes to the fan experience—including the introduction of new gathering spaces and premium areas. (We spoke with project officials from lead architect Generator Studio about that round of renovations in a story last September.)
Phase three of the renovation is now underway, with several changes in store. The lower bowl is undergoing a total seat replacement, a project that began after the arena hosted an Ariana Grande concert on July 6. The new lower bowl seating will match seats installed in the Mezzanine level during last year’s renovations.
Several other areas of Enterprise Center are set to receive upgrades, including the Pepsi Plaza on the Mezzanine level. Renovations will also address some of the facility’s infrastructure, with upgrades on tap for the HVAC air handlers, and new LED concourse lighting set to be installed. The Dan Kelly Memorial Press Box on the fourth floor will also receive extensive upgrades, including replacements of fixtures such as seating, counter-top workspace, carpet, and lighting. Technology will also be upgraded, with updates planned for the broadcast video and audio cables, and internet lines and fiber optic cables.
Access is also major focus of this part of the renovation, with Enterprise Center set to receive new escalators. This portion of the project actually began back in March and is set to continue until late this year.
Under the timeline supplied by Enterprise Center officials, the bulk of the renovations will be completed by September 1, putting them in place for a John Mayer concert on September 3. The only part of the third phase of the renovation that is not expected to be completed by September is the escalator replacement work, which is slated to wrap up by December 31.
Overall, the Enterprise Center renovations should accomplish a few objectives. By the time phase three is completed, the arena—which turns 25 in October—will have been extensively modernized with improvements to technology, team facilities, and fan amenities.
The project has been billed as a way to not only enhance Enterprise Center for Blues games, but to draw other major events to the facility. In the near future, Enterprise Center can look forward to a few high-profile events: The NHL All-Star Game will be played there in January, marking the first time the event has been staged in St. Louis since 1988. In addition, 2020 will be see a few other notable events come to the facility, including the first two rounds of NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament and U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Gymnastics.
Overall, Enterprise Center renovations have been extensive thus far, yielding considerable upgrades that put the venue in line with expectations for a modern NHL facility. The next round of renovations should further that push, ultimately yielding an improved spectator experience and upgraded infrastructure to support Blues games and other events.
Image courtesy Enterprise Center.
This article originally appeared in the weekly Arena Digest newsletter. Are you a subscriber? Click here to sign up for the free weekly newsletter