PROJECT: ERIE INSURANCE ARENA RENOVATION
LOCATION: ERIE, PA
In January 2010, Michael of OOMBRA began work as part of a Friday/Sink Combs Dethlefs Joint Venture to design the expansion and renovations to Tullio Arena and create a major, public outdoor plaza in downtown Erie, PA. The Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League call the 5,600 seat building home. The arena is the centerpiece of a sports and entertainment district managed by the Erie County Convention Center Authority (ECCCA) that includes the Warner Theater, Bayfront Convention Center and Jerry Uht Ballpark. Tullio Arena shares a compact downtown block with the Ballpark, which is home to the Minor League Erie Seawolves of the Double A Eastern League.
The program included the expansion of arena seating capacity and the addition of club boxes and suites. The upgraded interior is served by a new entrance concourse and new supporting amenities for the various teams that share the arena. A unifying feature of the multi-sport district will be a new public plaza linking the arena, the ballpark and the Warner Theater.