Timeline and Improvements

November 2018 – Approval of a $2.2M replacement of the arena’s ice plant and floor.

March 2019 -Approval to proceed with a 350-spot parking garage east of the Tucson Convention Center.

August 2019 – Approval of 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 the historic Eckbo plaza and fountain.

Rio Nuevo will proceed with a $126 million financing plan that will earmark approximately $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. Updated budgets and more can be found below under documents.

Ice Plant and Parking Garages
  • 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
  • Lot C Garage – 500 stalls in Parking Lot C, $11.4 million
Convention Center
  • Renovation of convention spaces and existing meeting rooms, $7.6 million
  • Rendering of TCC Meeting Rooms

    Meeting Room Expansion – Entrance and 18,000 square feet of meeting rooms adjacent to Ball Room and South Ex Hall, and new meeting room additions, $9.2 million

  • 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
  • Eckbo Historic Landscape Restoration – Central Plaza and North Walkway, $6.1 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 Theater – Renovation including restrooms, lobby, production lighting/sound, and new seating, $2 million
  • Technology Enhancements – High-speed data infrastructure throughout, $2.5 million
  • Arena – Lighting upgrades, $220,000

Related News

December 16, 2020
Rio Nuevo Board Approves $6.2M for Tucson Convention Center Improvements
November 18, 2020
Rio Nuevo Board Approves Additional Improvements and Expansion at the Tucson Convention Center
July 30, 2020
Rio Nuevo Moves Forward with Sunshine Mile Projects and TCC Music Hall Lot
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

Miscellaneous Materials

December 17, 2020
TCC Project Budget Update – December 2020
January 6, 2020
TCC Capital Improvement Project Map
August 15, 2019
TCC Capital Improvement Budget


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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