- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 28, 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The management of Albany’s downtown arena says the sports and entertainment venue is showing its age and needs a multi-million-dollar upgrade.

Local media report that Bob Belber, general manager of the Times Union Center, has presented Albany County legislators with an outline for a $13 million overhaul of the 15,000-seat arena, which turns 25 years old in 2015.

The plans call for enclosing the county-owned arena’s front atrium entrance and revamping the entire exterior. The arena currently has an open-air entrance that makes it costly to heat and cool the building.

Arena officials say the upgrades would also boost indoor capacity and media space, considered critical for luring national events such as the NCAA men’s basketball tournament back to Albany.

The project would have to be approved by the county Legislature.

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