El Paso County Commissioners Talking About Possibly Closing Down The County Coliseum
El Paso County Commissioners discussed the County Coliseum, but there were no plans made about the future of the 74-year-old Coliseum. Commissioners did vote to adopt an economic development plan that could include repurposing or even selling the venue.
President and CEO of the El Paso Sports Commission, Brian Kennedy, manages the Coliseum under contract with the County. He said that the idea that the Coliseum wouldn’t be able to compete if the City builds a new downtown arena is nonsense. Kennedy says a new arena would just mean more options for shows and concerts promoters to book.
He also said that there are a lot of local shows that need a venue the size of the Coliseum to survive.
It could be a year before Commissioners Court decides what to do with the Coliseum because County officials will be in talks with the City about their plans for the new downtown arena. They will also be looking at cost estimates for possible renovations to the Coliseum.