Anyone driving on Edwin C. Moses Boulevard this summer will see the transformation of UD Arena during phase two of the three-year, $72 million renovation.
A year ago, much of the work was done inside and wasn't visible until the season began in November. This year, construction of the new entrances on the north and east side of the arena and a new concourse on the north side is visible outside the arena, though work continues indoors as well.
UD Arena Director Scott DeBolt expects this to be the busiest of three phases for workers.
“All (the phases) are challenging in their own way,” DeBolt said in April, “but there’s definitely a lot of heavy lifting here in this one.”
Neil Sullivan, Dayton's athletic director, said there will be double shifts of workers this summer. That started the week of May 6 after graduation ceremonies were held at the arena.
"There might be only three or four hours in a 24-hour period where someone will not be at the arena at all," Sullivan said.