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WATCH: Video of potential La Crosse Center remodel



A bigger lobby, with large windows and an indoor staircase, along with a second ballroom and new seats for the main arena.

Those were on display Thursday during a public meeting on the $42 million La Crosse Center renovation.

Architects put together drawings and a video to show the potential updates for the La Crosse Center.

Mayor Tim Kabat and members of La Crosse city council were in attendance.

La Crosse Center director Art Fahey said plans are being made to circulate traffic outside the building, on Front, Pearl and 2nd streets when construction begins this winter.

Customers who attend concerts or sporting events at the La Crosse Center are used to entering the one-story main lobby off 2nd Street.

That lobby, however, will soon become more of a grand entrance, according to plans.

Groundbreaking on the two-year project is scheduled to happen in December.

The first year will include a complete demolition and rebuilding of the North Hall exhibition area.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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