You’ll soon see more signs bearing the downtown arena and event center’s new name.
The Metropolitan Entertainment & Convention Authority on Wednesday signed off on an agreement to reimburse the city to replace way-finding signs around downtown.
The signs, which help pedestrians find the event center, will replace CenturyLink Center with CHI Health Center.
According to the agreement, replacing the signs won’t cost more than $40,000, which includes labor, equipment, supplies and other costs. Omaha Neon Sign Co. is doing the work, which is scheduled to be completed by February.
MECA spokeswoman Kristyna Engdahl said 31 panels aimed at helping pedestrians find the venue will be replaced. There are 10 other such signs that help direct vehicle traffic to the arena and convention center, she said.
The city is paying the cost upfront because the signs belong to Park Omaha, the city’s parking division, and MECA will reimburse the city, she said. The signage is permanent.
The approval is the latest of several as the arena and conference center transitions to the new name, which became official at the start of September. CHI Health bought the naming rights as part of a $23.6 million, 20-year deal.
MECA paid Omaha Neon Sign Co. $30,000 to remove the facility’s three exterior CenturyLink signs and fabricate and install a temporary CHI Health sign on the west side of the building.
MECA then approved nearly $1 million worth of updates for permanent logos on the building’s main exterior, basketball floor, scoreboard signs and street marquees, and uniforms.
Vice President of Information Technology Kevin Raymond said Wednesday that the building’s interior signs should be switched over by the end of the month. Work to replace the outside signage will begin Dec. 3 and wrap up the next week, he said.
In other MECA news, construction is done on a new traffic signal on 10th Street at the parking garage attached to the arena and convention center. Raymond said it should be operational by the end of the month.