Jan 13, 2014 12:01 PM by Associated Press
Leaders at the Cajundome in Lafayette want to spend $16 million to redesign the first-level seating area, which would include adding as many as 1,000 seats.
The Advertiser reports that Cajundome Director Greg Davis is touting the proposed changes as a way to make the Cajundome more competitive in attracting events like concerts, while bringing fans closer to the action at University of Louisiana-Lafayette basketball games. UL Lafayette owns the Cajundome and, along with state government, is responsible for capital improvements. Architectural plans will be presented to the Cajundome Commission in February. Meanwhile, Cajundome officials are seeking permission to sell bonds to finance the changes from the State Bond Commission, the UL Board of Supervisors and the state Board of Regents.
Architects have been hired to redesign the first-level seating "to give us a true bowl effect for sporting events and increase capacity for all live entertainment," Davis said. Plans are to construct a clubhouse on the south end of the Cajundome where those willing to pay extra can enjoy catered food, lounging areas and big screen TVs, he said.
"It's going to be a totally different look and we think it's going to be configured in a way that the fan experience will be enhanced," he said.