ROCKFORD (WIFR) – Uncomfortable seats are one of the biggest complaints about the BMO Harris Bank Center, and now for the first time in 30 years, the seating system is getting an upgrade.
You’ll notice a change when taking in a game at the BMO Center this fall. The more than thirty year old facility is getting new seats.
“I think that everything continues to improve,” said Rockford Area Venues and Entertainment Authority (RAVE) Chairman Mike Dunn. “The look of the building continues to improve."
RAVE chose the company that’ll do the renovations that they say are badly needed.
“When the board took over this building, there were a lot of things that were not in good shape,” said Dunn. “The lower bowl seating has been identified as our number one priority.”
Fixing the lower bowl seating system is a priority BMO Center General Manager Gordon Kaye says has needed attention for years.
“Problems happen with things that are thirty years old,” said Kaye. “When I see something that I think would be wrong as a consumer, boy I got to think that other people are smart enough to see that too.”
Kaye says employees spend hours manually moving seating sections to make room for football, hockey, and other events. RAVE says the new system does it all on its own. Some people say they’re excited to see the changes.
“Anytime that they can improve something like that for the people,” said Rockford resident Lori Friis, “for entertainment for them…I think it’s terrific.”
The project will cost RAVE just under $1.5 million and they’ll pay for it with state grant money they got earlier this year.
RAVE says they’re also adding nearly 300 seats to the lower bowl section which they hope will help attract bigger name acts.