PORTLAND – The ceremonial groundbreaking for the renovation of the Cumberland County Civic Center will be held next Wednesday, Aug. 22 at 11 a.m.

Neal Pratt, chairman of the Civic Center board, will lead the event, accompanied by representatives of the architects and lead contractor for the project.

The ceremony will take place at the Free Street entrance to the arena. Much of the work during the first phase of the renovation will take place in that corner of the building.

Cumberland County voters last fall approved spending up to $33 million to improve the Civic Center. New seats will be installed, suites will be built, the lobby and concession areas will be improved and back-stage upgrades — such as a new loading dock and more efficient heating and cooling systems — will be made.