Crown Coliseum projects bring improvements

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FAYETTEVILLE — Major capital improvement projects underway at the Crown Coliseum will add years of service life to the entertainment facility and improve the customer experience. The Cumberland County Board of Commissioners approved roughly $4.6 million to replace the coliseum ice system and ice floor and replace and paint two major parking lots. These funds were available from local food and beverage tax proceeds that must be utilized for costs associated with the Crown facilities.

Ice replacement system

The ice floor, which covers the entire performance area of the coliseum, and the ice floor chiller were replaced earlier this month. Old concrete and piping were removed, and trenches were dug to replace piping from the floor to the mechanical yard. New piping was installed, following by the pouring of 410 cubic yards of concrete on Aug. 13. A new mechanical yard was built outside the West VIP area.

The concrete will need 28 days to cure and will be ready for use in mid-September. The project cost is $3,204,565. The old ice floor and ice system had reached the end of its life cycle and the R-22 refrigerant had been phased out due to environmental concerns. The new ice system is expected to provide more than 20 years of efficient ice-making capabilities using an environmentally friendly refrigerant.

Parking lot

Work to replace the Agri-Expo Center east parking lot and the Cooperative Extension parking lot is about 85 percent complete. The $1,371,558 project involves installing asphalt, pavement markings and the addition of sidewalks.

Construction on the Crown Coliseum was completed in 1997. The facility is located at 1960 Coliseum Drive, Fayetteville.

“Investment in capital projects at the Crown Complex made by the board of commissioners proves Cumberland County is committed to providing first class entertainment facilities for its citizens as well as those in surrounding communities,” said Engineering and Infrastructure Director Jeffery Brown. “It is always exciting when the county’s Engineering and Infrastructure Department takes an integral role in making a significant difference in the community.”

For more information, contact Engineering and Infrastructure Director Jeffery Brown at 910-678-7633 or

jbrown@co.cumberland.nc.us. To see upcoming events at the Crown Complex, go to crowncomplexnc.com.

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