Coliseum at Indiana State Fairgrounds to reopen

April 1, 2014 by  

The Indiana State Fairgrounds Coliseum in Indianapolis has hosted everyone from John F. Kennedy to the Beatles, and is now almost ready to reopen.

The coliseum, first built in 1939, was closed in October 2012 for extensive renovations. The improvements made have lured the National Belgian Draft Horse Show to the venue, and it will be the first time in 54 years the show will not be held in Iowa. Those who love these big draft horses can see them at the Indiana State Fair, August 1-17. In addition, thanks to new sound and lighting systems, the coliseum will also be able to host live concerts for the first time since the 1970s.

The new venue will hold 8,200 people, an increase of approximately 200. It will also feature a video ribbon board and a new LED overhead video scoreboard, and it can be transformed from a basketball court to a hockey rink in a few hours, thanks to a new ice system.

The first event slated for the new coliseum is the keynote speech for the Women’s Empowerment Series. The speaker is Wendy Williams, a noted talk show host, who will appear April 26.

Since the coliseum is a local landmark, management might work with brochure printers to create a handout for audiences, recapping the building’s history and describing the renovations.