Monday, January 16, 2012

The post-2014 Coliseum

... according to this report from WTHR (which was the only one we found that released the State Fair renderings of the building), the Pepsi Coliseum won't look anything like it currently does on the interior.

The seating layout and concourse placement -- virtually unchanged since 1939 -- will be significantly changed. The new design will include a double-decked bowl with (presumably) wider seats and a center-hung scoreboard with video capability -- instead of the two long side-hung boards that had been in place since the 1960s (and were replaced with a more modern version that fit the same footprint in the early 1990s).

The concourse screenshots would indicate that the concourses will be on the second level of the building, not at street (and ice) level as they are currently. However, it also means that the permanent stands will go up to the glass, rather than being significantly offset (especially in the end zones) as they are now.

Essentially, the Coliseum is being gutted on the interior and rebuilt. The exterior will not change.

Here are two screenshots from the WTHR report.

The seating bowl at the new Coliseum, which is slated to re-open in 2014.
View of the concourses at the New Coliseum.

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