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Coliseum saved

In 2019, the Coliseum Coalition plans to continue tours for investors and civic leaders, and is planning another Roundhouse Revival. Roundhouse Revival 1, 2 and 3, previtalizing events which featured the Coliseum’s classic brands of music, wrestling and basketball, were held outside the building.

by Marvin Stockwell

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Now that the State of Tennessee has approved the City of Memphis’ Tourism Development Zone (TDZ), which includes the preservation of and partial funding for the Mid-South Coliseum, Coliseum Coalition officials say they expect momentum to continue to build for reopening the building.

“Our VIP tours have been packed and are drawing people who’ve shied away in the past,” said Coliseum Coalition spokesman Marvin Stockwell. “A lot of people are realizing that the building’s issues are solvable, and that the opportunities that the Coliseum presents are too good to be held back by old narratives.”

The Coalition’s building assessment in 2016 found that the building was in excellent shape, and hopes for the building’s future were further bolstered by the City’s own due diligence – an assessment by Allen and Hoshall – which corroborated the Coalition’s findings. Coliseum Coalition officials say they also credit the City’s openness to Coliseum ideas through its RFQ/P process as another reason for the recent momentum.

“The City’s Fairgrounds team has worked with us in a true spirit of collaboration,” said Stockwell, who in addition to his Coliseum Coalition work, also co-led Friends of the Fairgrounds’ stakeholder input process, which sought out ideas from more than 200 stakeholders about the wider Fairgrounds. “Incorporating ideas from our stakeholders while meeting the other requirements of the TDZ application was no small feat, so we give the City’s team a lot of credit. It’s a testament to what municipal leadership and grassroots leadership can do when they work together. But we still have work to do to do. Continuing to attract the private, philanthropic, and public support necessary to reopen the building won’t be easy, but the TDZ approval is a great start.”

In 2019, the Coliseum Coalition plans to continue tours for investors and civic leaders, and is planning another Roundhouse Revival. Roundhouse Revival 1, 2 and 3, previtalizing events which featured the Coliseum’s classic brands of music, wrestling and basketball, were held outside the building. With the TDZ now approved, Coliseum Coalition President Roy Barnes says he hopes next fall’s Roundhouse Revival 4 will be inside the building. Barnes added that the Memphis and Shelby County Bicentennials represent a great opportunity to celebrate a place that has brought so many Mid-Southerners together for decades.

“What a tremendous opportunity to welcome Memphians back into their building,” Barnes said. “We look forward to putting on another great community event that celebrates the authentic talent, creativity, and athleticism that put Memphis on the map. But this time, wouldn’t it be cool if we were under the dome!”   

Coliseum Coalition officials have created a TDZ fact sheet with more reflections on the City’s TDZ application, and have produced an executive summary with links to the other research produced over the last four years.

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About the Coliseum Coalition 

Provide community outreach to reopen the historic Mid-South Coliseum and acknowledge its integral place in the City’s history.

For more information, visit coliseumcoalition.org or facebook.com/coliseumcoalition.

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