Tech recently released an RFP for A/E services for a feasibility study to be done on Cassell Coliseum.
Stated goals that seemed to be of note:
Expand concourse to the exterior to achieve fan experience, code compliance and operations updates goals.
Increase prominence of west elevation to be "front door" for non-student fans.
Update 2-story north portion including the lobby and exterior facade; current program square footage must be maintained.
Refresh overall building aesthetics while preserving key characteristics of the original design.
Improve concourse flow and openness to court floor.
Reduce total quantity of concessions locations and replace with fewer, but expanded locations to support a full array of concessions offerings.
Modify seating to include premium seating options, an overall reduction in seating capacity is acceptable.
A few VIP amenities.
Improved coaches' meeting room.
Replace court flooring.
Things not being considered:
Center hung video board - structural limitations and sight line limitations.
No plan to host concerts or similar events
Modifications to the interior should transform the concourse with increased flow, amenities,
premium seating, and openness to the court floor while maintaining the unique gameday
atmosphere of Cassell Coliseum; its key characteristics include steep-sided seating, high
noise-level potential, and other attributes that contribute to home court advantage through an
intimidating competition environment for opponents.
General interpretation is that they plan to update, but don't expect increased capacity or major changes on the arena side of things. This is just a feasibility study. Things could totally change.