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Coliseum Proposed for Fairgrounds

(La Porte, IN) - There’s serious talk about constructing a coliseum at the La Porte County Fairgrounds.  The proposed facility, with seating for roughly 2,000 people, would allow for major indoor events like horse shows and automobile shows, said Keith Swanson, a member of the La Porte County Agricultural Association.  The LCAA operates the fair.


Swanson, who’s also with the Fair Management and Events Corporation, said he would like for the coliseum to go up in the next two to three years.  The FMEC runs the fairgrounds and was formed recently to book events at the fairgrounds on a more year round basis.  Swanson said preliminary plans call for the coliseum to be open air on the sides with curtains that can be pulled down on the sides to allow the facility to be heated on cold days. 


It's estimated the cost to build facility will be about $1 million dollars.  Financing could be paid with fees charged for hosting events.


Swanson said the plan is to further discuss the proposed facility  with La Porte County government, which owns the fairgrounds.

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