Fact: The Pepsi Coliseum will be closed for major remodeling, probably around October of this year.
Fact: The Coliseum will not be available for use as is during the 2013 Indiana State Fair. Typically beef and dairy cattle are exhibited in the Coliseum.
Fact: The outdoor horse arena on the south side of the Pepsi Coliseum will be remodeled so cattle can be shown there in 2013.
Fact: The Coliseum is scheduled to be ready for the 2014 Indiana State Fair. When it reopens it will likely be known as something other than the Pepsi Coliseum.
Fact: Leaders of the project promise to maintain the heritage of the fair and the building while modernizing it at the same time.
Hearsay: The remodeled horse arena will have seating for about 700 people to watch the cattle show.
Myth: Cattle will take over the Marsh Pavilion, also known as the Sheep Barn, and sheep will be shown under big tents in the infield.
That’s right, a rumor has circulated that the Indiana State Fair will resort to showing sheep in the infield under tents for 2013. Unfortunately, some people who usually have a lot of common sense believe it. Obviously, they’re not thinking through the obstacles.
Obstacles include getting water and electricity to a spot where it isn’t today. Obstacles also include erecting temporary structures when the fair won’t even erect temporary grandstand stages due to the tragedy in 2011. Stop and take a long look- it just doesn’t make sense.
Details of how the fair will operate in 2013 without the services of the Coliseum have not been released. Look for those to be hammered out and announced as time for the 2013 state fair approaches.
Don’t expect tents in the infield to be part of that plan. Some rumors need to be squelched early. Otherwise people begin to believe them.