Rapides Parish Coliseum renovations begin today
Posted on 4/27/2015 3:35:00 AM.
The $22.9 million makeover of the Rapides Parish Coliseum in Alexandria begins today after numerous delays.  The project is finally getting underway after voters approved a bond issue to renovate the facility two-and-a-half years ago.  

Rapides Police Jury President Richard Billings says everyone's excited these changes are finally being made.
"Because we're going to have a product that got to the point that it was almost unusable to the point of looking brand new again and that's what we want."

He says the coliseum last held an event over a year ago.  Billings says, when complete, the venue will be practically brand new with renovations happening both outside and inside the building.

"It's going to be box seats put in it, it's going to be new scoreboards, new flooring for basketball, dressing rooms for entertainers."

The renovations are expected to take 20 to 22 months to complete.  Billings says he can't wait for people to visit the new facility when construction is complete.  He says renovations, so to speak, won't stop with the building itself.

"We're going to hopefully have a manager that is aggressive, to be able to go out and sell our new coliseum, to bring some entertainment in here we haven't had in many, many years."
Rapides Parish, Coliseum, Alexandria, renovations, Richard Billings

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