WesBanco Arena Restoration Project Begins


On Monday morning, renovations began at WesBanco Arena, as the decades-old scoreboard was retired. 

Last week, Wheeling City Council approved financing for WesBanco Arena’s $5.6 million restoration and the first big step was taken on Monday. The old scoreboard hung in the rafters since 1977 when the then Wheeling Civic Center first opened. It will be replaced with a state-of-the-art video board.

In the meantime, the arena will use auxiliary scoreboards on the sides of the rink for the next few Wheeling Nailers games as crews work on the wiring until the new one is installed in January. 

“Anything that they can do in any of the big arenas right now, they’re going to be able to do on this board. Example: We’ll be able to do instant replay, we can do the Kiss Camera, we can stream video from another location, we can do live commercials run on this board. We could actually do away game highlights on this board,” said Dennis Magruder, the executive director at WesBanco Arena. 

The arena will also receive ribbon boards along the lower bowl. The seats will be replaced and reconfigured to allow better handicapped access and more luxury seating. 

The entry way, bathrooms and concession stands will all receive facelifts, too. The new scoreboard should be installed by the end of January. 

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