The Savannah City Council has approved plans to build a new, 9,000-seater arena in the Georgia city in the US.
The project is expected to cost approximately $160m (€132.9m/£117.7m) and take around 38 months to design and build, according to the Associated Press news agency, citing a report from The Savannah Morning News.
Savannah City Council’s approval relates to a $2.8m contract for Chicago-based Jones Lang LaSalle to manage construction of the new facility. The consultant will now be tasked with keeping the project both on schedule and within budget.
The stadium, which will be built in the west of Savannah’s historic district on city property, is set to feature 15 luxury suits and 400 club seats.
Meanwhile, the Savannah City Council has also allocated $845,000 to maintain the Civic Center over next 12 months. The move comes as the city considers making improvements to the facility as part of the wider stadium development plans, and could ultimately lead to the site being demolished.
City manager Rob Hernandez said: “We’re only going to do stuff that is needed, and with a building that’s 50 years old there’s stuff breaking there all the time.”