Dane County announced on Monday that it has received a $3.2 million grant for improvements to heating, cooling and electrical systems at the Alliant Energy Center to better accommodate animal shows at the convention center.
The county will receive the award from the state’s Tourism Capital Grant Program, which supports projects that will help with the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The project is meant to improve the Alliant Energy Center’s New Holland Pavilion to better attract tours and guests in months of the year that are typically off limits because of the weather. The project would add more than 600 electrical receptacles in animal stalls, install radiant and forced-air heating equipment, fire-suppression systems, air-filtration equipment and cooling equipment, among other features. The county expects to complete the projects in about a year.
COVID-19 caused every event scheduled for the Alliant Energy Center after March 15, 2020 to be cancelled, along with half the events scheduled for last year. The New Holland Pavilions, specifically, are in demand 10 months of the year, even though they lack heating and cooling equipment.
“Dane County’s Alliant Energy Center is a key driver of the state and local economy, providing a world-class entertainment campus for countless shows and exhibitions each year,” said Dane County Executive Joe Parisi. “Thanks to the creation of this statewide grant program, the Alliant Energy Center will be able to make necessary upgrades and continue to safely host top events, as our community rebounds from the COVID-19 pandemic.” Follow @natebeck9