- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 25, 2014

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Proposed renovations to Cajundome will cost about $18.9 million dollars - $2.9 million more than the original estimate.

The Advertiser reports (http://bit.ly/1k70Yq3 ) Cajundome Commission members got a look at the cost estimates Monday at their monthly meeting.

Some projects may be delayed if they cannot fit into the Cajundome’s construction budget of $16 million, according to Cajundome Director Greg Davis.

“It’s too early to say exactly what we’ll be able to do and what we won’t be able to do,” Davis said. “We’re sure optimistic that we’ll be able to get the vast majority of this project done.”

The proposed renovations include the installation of new 100-level seating for $6 million, a new clubhouse area for $3 million, an office replacement for $2 million, storage areas for $1.5 million and renovations to the Cajundome Convention Center parking lot.

The architect, engineering, construction and related fees are being estimated at a higher-than-expected rate to avoid unexpected expenses, Davis said. These fees are estimated to come in at about $3.4 million.

The rest of the plan includes less expensive improvements to the Cajundome’s halls, elevators, audio and visual technology, and arena sound system.

Renovations to the Cajundome will begin this summer, but the majority of work will take place the following summer, closing the Cajundome between May 18 and Oct. 15, 2015. Events are being rescheduled or moved to the convention center during that time period.

Money for the renovations will come from the sale of bonds that are funded with the state sales taxes of hotels and motels.

A new club area will offer a new revenue source for the Cajundome through a membership program, add-on costs per ticketed event and rental options for non-arena events.

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Information from: The Advertiser, http://www.theadvertiser.com