Upgrading The Garrett

Alabama state legislators are seeking options to fund much-needed renovations to the aging Garrett Coliseum in Montgomery despite the still-down economy.

State funding for the 8,528-capacity venue, which hosts the state fair as well as concerts, rodeos, sports, family events and more, was not included in the current budget.

The facility is reportedly in need of improvements including electrical and plumbing. City, county and state officials are discussing a possible public-private partnership to fund the repairs and keep the facility operating.