Voters Get To Decide The Fate Of The Rapides Parish Coliseum
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — Voters will decide in November whether to invest millions to renovate and upgrade the Rapides Parish Coliseum.
The Town Talk reports (http://townta.lk/Lhq3uG ) the police jury voted unanimously Monday to put an election on the Nov. 6 ballot for a $23 million bond issue to upgrade the coliseum and a one mill property tax to fund its operations for the next 20 years.
Included in the plans for the arena if the tax passes are adding about 1,500 seats, bringing capacity to the 9,000 range for some events; adding suites around the top of the arena; replacing seating with more comfortable, modern models; replacing the scoreboard; adding a larger stage; upgrading the lighting, sound and electrical systems; redoing the facade and exterior look of the building.