Pepsi Coliseum Slated For Makeover

Work To Be Finished By 2014

The Pepsi Coliseum at the Indiana State Fairgrounds will close this fall to undergo a makeover.

The State Fair Commission on Thursday voted unanimously to approve up to $3.8 million for design work, with renovation to come.

The facility, which was built in 1939 and currently seats 8,000 people, would be upgraded to seat nearly 9,000 and would be brought into full compliance with the American Disabilities Act.

"We did not look at this as suites and luxury boxes. What we looked at was as a very family oriented facility, which it's always been," said Cindy Hoye, fair executive director. "It doesn't impede upon the wonderful Bankers Life Fieldhouse or Lucas Oil Stadium. It's taking and restoring what we have."

The money for the project will be reimbursed through tax incremental financing, fair officials said.

Those who use the facility, such as Damon Lyden, who skates there several times a week, said he'll missing the opportunity when its closed.

"It's going to be inconvenient for to me, but if its renovation that needs to be done, as opposed to be renovating because they have extra money and doing it because they want to, that's a different thing," he said.

The Pepsi Coliseum is home to the Indianapolis Ice and has hosted historic sporting, political and musical events through the years.

State fair officials said once the renovation is done, all concerts will be held inside the facility.

Construction is expected to be finished by 2014.

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