PORTLAND – Marketing consultants have endorsed a plan to “stack” most of the luxury suites on the west end of the renovated Cumberland County Civic Center.

The center’s building committee was told that the consultants believe the seating plan will be attractive  because most of the luxury suites will face the stage for concerts and other performances.

The plan calls for four suites at ice level around the hockey rink, and then two suites on the concourse level, two mid-level suites and two sky-level suites, all on the west end of the arena. Plans for four suites on the east side of the arena were eliminated, while the number of suites on the west side was increased.

Neal Pratt, a building committee member and trustee of the Civic Center, said the board adopted the stacked-suite approach this morning  and told the architect and construction-management firm to start working on final plans for the renovation.

Pratt said the building commitee expects to have those plans by the end of July, when it will likely give the go-ahead for the renovation to start in August.

The renovation was approved by county voters last year, who authorized spending up to $33 million on the project. It’s expected to be done by fall 2013.