Tucson Convention Center Improvements Round 2

In the November 2018 Board meeting, the Rio Nuevo Board  approved a $2.2M replacement of the arena’s ice plant and floor to replace the currently antiquated system.

At the March 2019 Rio Nuevo meeting, the Board voted to proceed with a 350-spot parking garage east of the Tucson Convention Center. The district will pay $292,000 for a garage design and help in creating a request for proposal to solicit bids to build it. Construction could begin in 2020, with work planned around the schedules of the Tucson Sugar Skulls and Tucson Roadrunners, the football and hockey teams that share the Convention Center Arena.

At the August 2019 Rio Nuevo special meeting the Board unanimously approved a list of priorities for a $65 million renovation plan for the Tucson Convention Center. The package of improvements, upgrades and additions throughout the Convention Center campus includes work on the main convention complex, the Tucson Arena, the Leo Rich Theater, the Tucson Music Hall and Eckbo plaza and fountain.
The board also voted to proceed with a $126 million financing plan that will earmark about $70 million for the renovations and any contingency costs that could emerge, and refinance nearly $48 million in debt for the Rio Nuevo district. The funds will also establish an $8 million debt service reserve.

The list of improvements includes the following and can be downloaded: TCC Capital Improvement Project (CIP) Budget and TCC CIP Map.

Current commitments – $8.5 million
  • Ice Plant – Full replacement of Arena Ice Floor and Ice Plant, $3.2 million
  • Lot A Garage – 300-space parking garage in parking Lot A, $5.2 million
  • Parking Expansion – 45 additional spaces on site, $45,000
Convention Center priorities – $14.7 million
  • TCC – Renovation of Convention spaces and existing meeting rooms, $7.6 million
  • Arena – Lighting upgrades, $220,000
  • Site – Streetscape and Connections – Required UDC compliance for accessibility and screening, $2.5 million
  • Eckbo Historic Landscape Restoration – Upper Plaza to complete Church Streetscape upgrades, $1.9 million
  • Technology Enhancements – High speed data infrastructure throughout, $2.5 million
Meeting room expansion – $9.2 million

Rendering of TCC Meeting Rooms

  • Convention Center Meeting Room Addition – West
  • Entrance and 18,000 square feet of Meeting Rooms adjacent to Ball Room and South Ex Hall, $9.2 million
Entertainment priorities – $26.9 million
  • Lot C Garage – 500 stalls in Parking Lot C, $11.4 million
  • Music Hall Renovation – Renovation including restrooms, lobby, production lighting/sound, and new seating, $6.6 million
  • Music Hall Upgrades – Outdoor event patio and interior VIP area, $780,000
  • Leo Rich Renovation – Renovation including restrooms, lobby, production lighting/sound, and new seating, $2 million
  • Eckbo Historic Landscape Restoration – Central Plaza and North Walkway, $6.1 million

Related News

February 28, 2020
Rio Nuevo Board Approves More than $4M in Upgrades for Tucson Convention Center
January 31, 2020
Rio Nuevo Offers Solution to TCC Parking Issues
August 26, 2019
Rio Nuevo approves $65 million plan to upgrade TCC, surrounding venues
August 15, 2019
Tucson Convention Center to see $65 million upgrade
August 1, 2019
Tucson Convention Center Getting $65 million Upgrade, Expansion
April 2, 2019
New Parking Garage Coming to Tucson Convention Center
March 29, 2019
Rio Nuevo Votes to Advance Parking Garage Project at TCC
November 28, 2018
Rio Nuevo Moves Ahead with $50 Million TCC Renovation
November 21, 2018
Rio Nuevo Proposes $50 Million Renovation to Tucson Convention Center
November 14, 2018
Improvement Projects Approved for the Tucson Convention Center
November 14, 2018
Rio Nuevo Board Considers Up to $50M Investment into TCC
May 23, 2018
Rio Nuevo Board Advances El Presidio Building Renovation, TCC Improvements for Arena Football Team

Related Documents


September 18, 2019
RN-TCC-2019-09-03 Responses to RFQ Inquiries 9-18-19
September 3, 2019
RFQ CMAR Services for the Construction of Multiple Capital Improvement and Renovation Projects at the Tucson Convention Center
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