ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A St. Louis Alderman says in talks with the St. Louis Blues about possibly getting public funding from the city to help pay for renovations to Scottrade Center.

Downtown Alderman Jack Coatar says Scottrade Center needs to update its air conditioning system, ice cooling equipment, seating, lighting and scoreboard to stay competitive with other venues around the country.

“It’s a hockey arena part of the year, but it also is host to numerous regional and national events,” Coatar says. “We have all sorts of NCAA tournaments, whether it’s wrestling or basketball. This place draws a lot of people to St. Louis and it’s important that we make sure we can still compete for those tournaments.”

Coatar says the public funding package would amount to “tens of millions of dollars,” but he says there are no specifics down on paper yet.

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