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The Mid-South Coliseum is a storied Memphis venue that has fallen on hard times. It used to house concerts by such acts as Elvis and the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. It was home to the United States Wrestling Association. It hosted many a basketball game and ice shows and roller derby and hockey games and cat shows. The Ringling Brothers Circus performed here. There were a lot of graduation ceremonies and church conventions held here and other city-wide community events. Some Cotton Carnival events were held here. The Mid-South Fair used it.
It closed after a 2006 decision that bringing it into compliance with ADA regulations would be cost-prohibitive, but there are a lot of people who think the building should not be demolished. If Sears Crosstown can be saved then so can the Mid-South Coliseum. There are events that want a space larger than a club venue but that don't need something the size of the Fed-Ex Forum. I just do not believe the Fed-Ex Forum decision-makers would allow their non-compete clause to contribute to a decision to tear down the Coliseum. We need a mid-sized venue like this, and we are losing a lot of events to North Mississippi because of this issue.
Save the Coliseum!
This past week-end there was an event held on the grounds to raise awareness of the issues and options. There was a lot of music:
Food trucks and vendor booths and basketball goals and wrestling.
We left before the wrestling started. Surely the Powers-That-Be will realize that it is more cost-effective to rehab this historic structure than to tear it down and... do what with it? Oh, nobody has a plan for a better use of the space? Well. that's just brilliant. I'm sure they'll think of something trendy that'll appeal to a key constituency.
See my coke above? That's the drink I'm contributing to the weekly Tuesday link-up at Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog.