- Associated Press - Monday, March 3, 2014

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Some big changes could be coming for two old structures at the Mississippi Fairgrounds.

Agriculture Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith told WAPT-TV (https://bit.ly/1hBsKbA) the proposals include building a new Trade Mart and renovating the Coliseum.

“It was built and opened in 1962, and it’s just that some things need updating. We’re looking at a club level, maybe suites be put in there, all new seating throughout, removing the stairs that are so steep,” Hyde-Smith said.

The last upgrades were in 1979 after a flood. The Coliseum was given a new roof and new exterior panels.

Since then, the aging structure has struggled to keep up with the demands of big events like rodeos and high school basketball championships.

The Mississippi House earmarked $55 million in bonds for the project last week. The bill is now in the Senate for consideration.

Officials say more than 1 million people visit the Coliseum each year.


Information from: WAPT-TV, https://www.wapt.com

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