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A vision for an all new Mid-south Fairgrounds

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I propose as part of the redevelopment, Dome libertybowl stadium.

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Where? All I know of are arenas. I don't know of any football stadiums in our area that are already domed.

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arena..stadium..whatever...

either way, we've got great weather in Memphis, we don't really need a domed stadium. And the cost of putting a dome on the the stadium would be ridiculous

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Yes we have great weather, but what we don't have is an indoor stadium large enough to host the NCAA FINAL FOUR and large indoor concerts such as the ESSENCE FEST etc. Just a thought.

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Ah... Final Four...

We need to build something quick!!!!

Yes we do have great weather. And I don't think we should dome the Liberty bowl when we have Pyramid problems.

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Barnard said last week that the Zippin Pippin is a key to his plan -- but Elvis' favorite roller coaster, bought this summer at auction, has been sold and is bound for the Carolina Crossroads, an entertainment, tourism and retail development in Roanoke Rapids, N.C.

awful awfull... i cant believe they sold that. they should have thrown it downtown. BAM instant tourist attraction.

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Also, conventions like COGIC are looking for facilities that can house upwards of 50K under one roof. I agree. We should be preparing for the Liberty Bowl's successor. Preparing doesn't mean building it right away. It means planning for it, the location, design and funding. Ideally retractable roof and natural grass. If we do it right, we're talking not just FFs, but the stature of the Liberty Bowl would be raised. If it were downtown, iti woud secure COGIC and help attract other conventions (see EdJones effect on St. Louis conventions). Who knows what else we could draw . . .

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My thoughts exactly, with a downtown dome facility the sky is the limit for regional and national attractions.

The Ed Jones facility is great and was also a extension of their convention center. total cost around 280 million. I believe we could match that. Maybe not now,but certainly in 3-5 years. Those who fail to plan, plan to fail.

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Well, here we are a year later...Mayor Herenton has released his proposals:

Memphis Daily News article

3 Options in pdf

Haven't had much of a chance to look at it closely, but the Fairgrounds are in sore need of renovation/redevelopment. Hopefully one or all of these options get some things right.

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Haven't had much of a chance to look at it closely, but the Fairgrounds are in sore need of renovation/redevelopment. Hopefully one or all of these options get some things right.

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The article suggests that this still doesn't eliminate the U of M option of building a new stadium, only that a new stadium won't be built on the fairgrounds.

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