ASHWAUBENON, Wis. (WFRV) — After more than 60 years, the Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena is coming down–and the new Brown County Expo Center is going up.

“We have been looking forward to this day for a long time,” said Brad Toll, president of the Greater Green Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Right now, the foundation is being laid out, the concrete is being poured and, if everything goes smoothly, they could be building vertically by the end of the year.

“To now have a building that is contemporary in style and has the technology that makes us competitive within that market is very exciting,” he said.

The new building is expected to have an economic impact of $13-million yearly.

“It’ll provide jobs, it’ll provide impact, tax revenue for the community to use,” said Toll. “It’s just a great thing for the community all around.”

By the end of July, the Brown County Arena’s roof will be torn down, clearing out more land for more of the foundation.

“The foundations will continue with a lot of the underground work–all the piping and stuff that will go underneath all the concrete–and then we’ll start to erect steel and start to form the structure of the building,” said Kurt Wolfgram, a project excecutive at Miron Construction.

And work is right on schedule.

“Very excited to have the team that we do with Brown County and Ashwaubenon and PMI,” he said. “They worked tirelessly to get us where we’re at and we’re off and running.”

The $93-million Brown County Expo Center is planned for a January 2021 opening.