Nov 8, 2012 9:46 AM by AP
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - Plans call for the new-look Rapides Coliseum to be hosting events within about three years.
Voters in Rapides Parish approved a proposal Tuesday to spend $23 million to upgrade and renovate the entertainment venue on La. Highway 28 West in Alexandria.
Plans for the renovated coliseum include giving the arena a new, modern exterior for curb appeal; replacing the seating and expanding capacity by more than 3,000; rebuilding the parking area and nearly doubling available spaces; a complete overhaul of the facility's technology; new stages, dressing rooms and a basketball floor; and new bathrooms, heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems.
Construction could take up to two years. That would put the project completion date sometime in 2015.
Information from: Alexandria Daily Town Talk, http://www.thetowntalk.com