Missouri lawmakers OK state aid for St. Louis Blues arena

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Published 12:26 p.m. ET May 15, 2019 | Updated 6:21 p.m. ET May 15, 2019

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The home of the St. Louis Blues could receive $70 million in state subsidies over two decades to help pay for renovations that local officials hope will attract more amateur sports events to the arena.

Missouri lawmakers gave final approval Wednesday to the legislation that authorizes funding for the Enterprise Center starting in the 2022 fiscal year. For the first 10 years, the facility could get $2.5 million annually. For the next 10 years, it could receive annual payments of $4.5 million.

The arena is in the middle of its first major renovation since opening in 1994, financed partly by a $69 million bond issue approved by St. Louis. The scoreboard, sound system and some of the seats already have been upgraded. The next phase, aided by state money, would focus more on the building’s infrastructure such as its escalators, roofing and heating and air conditioning systems.

The fact that the Blues currently are making a run in the NHL postseason was mentioned by more than one state lawmaker during House debate on Wednesday, including by some who eagerly described going…

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