Charlotte, N.C. - It's one of Charlotte's most iconic buildings and it's undergoing a major make-over. A project that's now about half way done. They're renovations tax payers are paying for to the tune of 16 million dollars.
It's all about the basic upgrades first at Bojangles’ Coliseum. A lot of paint and brand new seats. But there's also something that's not quite finished yet. It's designed to completely change the experience at your next hockey game.
If these walls could talk, the stories they could tell.
"This building has served as a destination for numerous artists from Elvis to the Rolling Stones, to hockey, to roller derby," said George Hite with the Bojangles’ Coliseum.
Opened in 1955, Bojangles Coliseum has seen its fair share. Now, it becomes the official home of Charlotte hockey and it’s changing colors to play the part.
"You see the black, gray, red, white in here. We walk in and it feels like this is the Charlotte Checkers," said Tera Black with the Charlotte Checkers.
A cool new addition that's still very much under construction is described as a spot where players and fans will collide.
"When the team comes out to the ice for that first game and back off, if you're lucky enough to be in the club eating or having a cold beverage, you're going to see those guys walk right past you," said Hite.
The "club" as they call it will be the hub for other events too.
"Having public skates out here, we'll have skate with the team so you can enjoy the building and the ice at the same time as meeting the players," said Black.
Checkers players hit the ice for their first home game this November. With a venue dedicated to the team, fans will now get more opportunities to cheer them on.
"We were weekend challenged at Time Warner Cable Arena. Everyone was sharing those weekend dates. At our worst, we had 4 Saturdays, at our best, maybe 8 Saturdays. Early reports show we will have roughly 13 Saturdays and 27 weekend dates total (at Bojangles’ Coliseum)," said Black.
However, construction needs to wrap well before the games start. In just two months Phoenix University plans to hold its graduation ceremony at the coliseum.
Bojangles’ coliseum closed at the end of June for renovations. The first phase of the project is focusing on seating, locker rooms, and technology - upgrades like speakers and score boards.