Crews put the finishing touches on upgrades at the Greensboro Coliseum complex.
Greensboro, NC -- Construction workers at the Greensboro Coliseum were finishing $8 million worth of upgrades Wednesday, in time for the 2013 ACC Women's Basketball Tournament.
Improvements include 9,000 new seats, which are cushioned and bigger than the previous seats. Coliseum officials have also added an HD scoreboard and widened the concourses for more concession stands.
Event-goers will also notice that Natty Greene's has set up a new location in the coliseum and there are new luxury suites.
Coliseum Director Matt Brown says the changes matter because not only is the coliseum competing against high-definition TVs at home, it's also battling venues across ACC country to host the tournaments after 2015.
There are also the critics who say the changes aren't worth the city's money.
"I think every year we've made progress on converting those people who were skeptical of what the impact would mean," Brown said. "This facility is one of the most important economic engines for our community. We drive economic impact in our community every day we're open."
All the upgrades were paid for with hotel tax revenue, not any property or sales tax.
The current round of upgrades are only the first part of a two-phase plan that will see another $8 million of work poured in to the coliseum.