Broome arena to get $2.5M upgrade (with photos)

By Matt Hicks
By Brandi Bailey

June 26, 2013 Updated Jun 27, 2013 at 11:24 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena is set to undergo its first large scale renovation in more than a decade.

When the $2.5 million dollar project is completed, everything from seating and lights to the hockey boards, glass and outside marquee will be replaced, updating the look and making the facility more energy efficient.

The changes have the potential to save the arena more than $600,000 over a 10-year period.

Funding comes from state grants and the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council.

Official say that after 40 years, these renovations are more than necessary to keep the arena going.

"The inside is going to have a whole different look to it. Brighter lights, seamless glass on the dasher boards. The seats will now have cup holders, so the fan experience will be much better," said Arena Manager Anthony Capozzi.

Visitors will also notice changes in the concession area.

A majority of the changes are expected to be finished by the end of August.

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