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by Caroline Pratt - Elvis Presley Fans of Nashville
The Mid-South Coliseum, located in Memphis, Tennessee, at the Mid-South Fairgrounds, is in consequential jeopardy of being demolished. The Mid-South Coliseum, was once known as the entertainment capitol of the Mid-South! Robert Lipscomb, director of Housing and Community Development of Memphis, is ready to move forward with his controversial $134.2 million redevelopment of the Mid-South Fairgrounds. The decision to approve the demolition is less than three weeks away!
The Mid-South Coliseum, has been closed since the year 2006. The closure came about when the building failed to meet the current ADA standards. The building has been left to deteriorate and has been occasionally used for storage. The Mid-South Coliseum, is the current location for the 100-year old Memphis Grand Carousel and the Memphis Liberty Bell, among other very distinguished Memphis artifacts.
Elvis Presley, performed at the Mid South Coliseum several times during the 1970's. Elvis' performances include March 17th, 1974, March 20th, 1974 when Elvis recorded a live on stage album, and his last concert performance in Memphis on July 5, 1976 at the Mid-South Coliseum. Elvis, was scheduled to play the Mid-South Coliseum again on his upcoming concert tour, the one Elvis and his fans would never see. The scheduled concert date was to be August 27th, 1977.
Demolition redevelopment already commenced in late 2009-2010 at the other Mid-South Fairground attractions. The first targets were: Libertyland Amusement Park which closed in 2005 and eventually all traces of the park were desolated by 2010, and Elvis Presley's favorite roller-coaster ride - the Zippin Pippin was dismantled and sold to a Amusement Park located in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Historic Markers, now stand near the entrance on Early Maxwell Road, for the Mid-South Fairgrounds honoring Libertyland Amusement Park and the Zippin Pippin. Redevelopment for retail space and other fruitless projects at the former Mid-South Fairgrounds have been in the works for an extended period of time. Plans have been postponed, abandoned and forgotten. Unfortunately, as mentioned above the plans for redevelopment are back on the table and the future for the Mid-South Coliseum, is not looking too aspiring.
Robert Lipscomb, confirmed that demolishing the Mid-South Coliseum is part of the overall redevelopment plan for the Fairgrounds. He said the facility can only be used for storage at this point, and not for sports due to non-compete clauses already in place.
The Mid-South Coliseum, still has years of enchantment to offer Memphian's. If saved The Mid-South Coliseum, could be used for uses other than storage. The 100-year old Memphis Grand Carousel, which is stored inside tractor trailers on the arena floor of The Mid-South Coliseum could be constructed and utilized once again. There are countless visions to preserve The Mid-South Coliseum and facilitate it. Two ideas mentioned in the course of the years, incorporate: an indoor park with walking trails and rock climbing, and a multi-use athletic center with a swimming pool and ice skating rink.
Save The Mid-South Coliseum, a Facebook Group has started a petition in attempt to save the Mid-South Coliseum, from demolition. The petition flyer, petition link and QR Code can be found below.
Please sign the petition and SAVE the MID-SOUTH COLISEUM! The decision to Deny or Approve its demolition is less than 3 weeks away! You can sign the petition using your smart phone, no problemo! The petition page is mobile-user-friendly and only takes a few seconds.