The Donald L. Tucker Center is a 12,500 seat (maximum capacity) multi-purpose arena, convention and entertainment facility. Located immediately adjacent to the Florida State University main campus on its west side and the State of Florida Capitol complex on its east side, the arena complex’s 20 acre site also contains the FSU Basketball Training Facility and parking for approximately 700 cars. Florida State University assumed responsibility for the Civic Center operation in July 2013. Since the Civic Center is a valuable community asset for the City of Tallahassee, the entire north Florida region and the University, FSU recognized the need to study and analyze the full impact of its acquisition and future.
FSU President Eric Barron appointed six subcommittees to study various aspects of the transfer and to begin discussions about the Civic Center’s future in October of 2012. The Renovation subcommittee engaged Populous to perform a facilities master plan for the civic center. In addition, FSU engaged Crossroads Consulting Services to conduct an arena market and economic analysis.
In late May 2013, the university hired Moore Communications Group, Inc. to lead a visioning exercise to formalize and solidify ideas surrounding the long-term best use of the center and the 20 acres (including 11 undeveloped acres) in the heart of downtown. This exercise provided internal and external audiences with an opportunity to share their ideas and provide FSU with a consensus surrounding the future of this community asset. Three sessions were conducted over the summer with three distinct groups: FSU President and cabinet members, key university stakeholders, and numerous stakeholder groups from throughout the community. Read the Moore Communications Group report.
Before the university moves forward with any development, renovation or new construction stemming from all of the work done to date, an economic feasibility study for the land around the Civic Center that provides empirical evidence as to the highest and best uses is the next logical step. Through a competitive solicitation process, the FSU Real Estate Foundation engaged Strategic Planning Group, Inc. to conduct the study. It is anticipated the study will be completed late fall 2013.