As you may have heard, a bill has been put forth to the St. Louis City Board of Aldermen Ways and Means Committee that we hope will pave the way to secure much-needed funding for essential repairs and improvements to the city-owned Scottrade Center.
The approval of this funding would ensure that Scottrade Center continues to serve St. Louis as a world-class destination for events and visitors alike, creating a vibrant downtown, fueling the local economy and providing quality jobs to thousands across our region.
Our arena's story and situation can be simply told:
- Scottrade Center, now nearly 25 years old, is aging and lacking numerous features that are essential as we compete for regional, national and world-class events against other cities in the Midwest.
- St. Louis Blues hockey games account for only 40 percent of events at Scottrade Center. More than 200 non-hockey events are presented annually at our arena and the adjoining Peabody Opera House, including various NCAA and conference tournament events, concerts and family shows.
- The future of these events, and the continuing financial benefits to our City's economy, are at risk without the City partnering with the Blues ownership group to make important and timely improvements to Scottrade Center.
For the first time since opening Scottrade Center doors 23 years ago, we are asking our City leaders to invest in Scottrade Center as the current ownership group, led by Tom Stillman, continues to invest their own money into this building - our arena.
Join us in voicing your support for Scottrade Center and join the conversation online with hashtag #OurArena.
Video: STLSC President Viverito talks Scottrade Renovations