The La Crosse Center could end a calendar year of event cancellations and new construction with more than a million dollars in red ink.
Center director Art Fahey says the building showed a loss of $147,000 in October, bringing the deficit so far in 2020 to $945,000.
Fahey says the year-end total could reach $1.1 million, as the building saw most events cancelled due to COVID-19.
He’s looking at ways that the center can make up some losses through a state grant aimed at helping live entertainment venues restore lost revenue from 2020.
The Center expansion project includes a grand, new two-story entrance with a staircase and escalators.
So how should the building decorate the fancy new lobby?
Members of the center board are leaning toward putting big photos of the river and other nature shots on the lobby walls.
Historic old pictures of La Crosse have been suggested, but board member Doug Farmer says you can see historic photos in any hotel lobby in America.
“I’ve never been a place that had magnificent color pictures of the topography around where I was staying,” said Farmer, “and there’s a reason for that: because they haven’t got what we’ve got.”