Rapides Renovation

Officials with the 5,477-seat Rapides Parish Coliseum in Alexandria, La., are hoping to put a $23 million bond measure on the Nov. 6 election ballot to raise much-needed funds to renovate the nearly 50-year-old facility.

The $23 million would cover upgrades including adding 1,500 seats and replacing old seating, suites around the arena’s top portion, new scoreboard, improved lighting, electrical systems and sound, a new stage, refurbished concession stands, new kitchen, restroom and dressing room facilities.

The venue has previously hosted acts including Rodney Carrington, 38 Special, The World Famous Lipizzaner Stallions and Bill Gaither & Friends Homecoming.