Eau Claire (WQOW) – City officials are considering whether to financially support UW-Eau Claire’s new event center.
As it was previously announced, the Sonnentag Event and Recreation Center will be a collaboration between UW-Eau Claire, the YMCA, and Mayo Clinic Health System.
The center was originally slated to seat 4,100 people, but city officials suggest the facility should be even bigger to accommodate as many as 6,500 patrons.
As we’ve reported, construction will cost between $90 million to $100 million as originally planned.
There is no cost estimate yet for added seating.
Based on a feasibility study conducted by Hunden Strategic Partners, city officials believe a bigger facility will draw in bigger events like concerts and trade shows as well as more tourism dollars to the Chippewa Valley.
“Room nights at local hotels, expenditures at local restaurants, and just the general activity that would bring, and excitement that it would bring to the community,” said Jay Winzenz, finance director for the city of Eau Claire.
During a closed session meeting on Monday, the city manager and finance department will update the city council on discussions with UW-Eau Claire. From there, the council will direct city leaders on whether to support the construction of an expanded event center.