If you've driven down Russell Avenue lately you've no doubt seen the construction of the brand new Elbow Room sports bar and events center. Zoo FM had a chance to see first hand the layout of the facility scheduled to open in the late fall of 2011.

Phase 1 of 2 is what you are about to see in this brief virtual tour video, and from the looks of it Missoulians will have plenty more "elbow room" to mingle, drink and dance. A massive full liquor bar sits squarely in the middle of the venue surrounded by flat screens, a full service kitchen, shuffleboard and casino room, and my favorite part, a dance floor with high ceilings, even more flat screens and a seasonal patio that rolls out onto Russell street.

The second phase may come as early as next summer which will of course be the main focus of the new Elbow. Coming soon, a true concert hall with an elite VIP second floor complete with a balcony and brass railing overlooking the pit with a humongous stage and jumbo-tron screens on both sides of the performance area.

As you are about to see, the owners of the new Elbow Room are sparing no expense to bring this town what we've needed for a very long time. Enjoy a preview of what is about to open just in time for football season of this year.

Sound off in the comment section below. Are you excited for this new facility? Will you miss the old double-wide? What part of the new bar will you be calling home once it opens?

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