Portland civic center trustees approve $28 million upgrade

Posted Nov. 18, 2010, at 7:14 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine’s Cumberland County Civic Center is poised to undergo $28 million in renovations if voters back the renovation plan approved by the center’s trustees.

The renovations would include new premium seating in the 35-year-old arena, an improved box office and upgraded concession areas.

The plan was recommended last month by a task force that has been studying the needs of the 35-year-old downtown Portland arena.

Meanwhile, the city of Bangor is expected to hear Thursday about the cost of a new arena complex, expected to be between $50 million and $70 million.

The cost in Portland could be offset by private fundraising and the sale of naming rights.

The Portland Press Herald says public costs would be met by a bond sale that would need to be approved by voters in November 2011.