SeaWorld San Diego renovating Dolphin Stadium

Posted at 4:29 PM, Jan 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-08 19:29:59-05

SAN DIEGO - SeaWorld San Diego announced Friday that a three-month renovation project of its 3,500-seat Dolphin Stadium will begin Monday.

The pools in the 40-year-old stadium will be drained and the lining re-coated, according to SeaWorld.

Park officials said the dolphins and pilot whales that live in the enclosures will be moved to other pools until the project is completed in April.

Special dolphin presentations will be given at its Dolphin Point exhibit.

SeaWorld San Diego last year unveiled a new guest entrance.

The park also is planning to expand its orca enclosures, but the California Coastal Commission only approved the project under the condition that it no longer breed killer whales in captivity.

SeaWorld recently sued the commission, contending it doesn't have jurisdiction over animal welfare.