It sure sounds like Atlanta is about to spend $200 million on Philips Arena renovations

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Tired of Atlanta stadium construction? Get used to it, because there’s probably more coming soon!

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported a renovation for Philips Arena is likely coming, somewhere in the range of $150 to $250 million. Details have not yet been finalized, and there is no final decision on how much of the cost will be paid by the taxpayers, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed told the AJC.

But as the 2015-16 regular season gets underway Tuesday night in Philips Arena, it’s looking more and more like the Home of the Hawks will be getting a facelift soon.

“We will retrofit Philips. That is the agreement. The discussion is about the number,” Reed said last Thursday, per the AJC.

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This would keep the Hawks from moving to a new location elsewhere in the city, which was previously reported as the alternate option to retrofitting Philips Arena.

Reed also confirmed to the AJC that it’s likely the changes will include a removal of the stacked suites on the north side of the arena. It could also lead to more navigable walkways out by the concession stands, which are far from ideal for fans.

No plans for the upgrade have been finalized, but the AJC also confirmed that a firm has already been hired by the Hawks to design the fixes. There are also preliminary plans for a “residential and commercial construction component” located somewhere near Philips Arena, costing as much as $1 billion, that will be announced soon, Reed said in a separate AJC report.

Philips Arena opened in 1999 and will start its 17th season of Hawks basketball Tuesday night.

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