Garrett Coliseum Redevelopment Corporation
Restoring the Garrett Coliseum to its former glory.
The Garrett Coliseum Redevelopment Corporation
August 17, 2011
State of Alabama
Press Release: Agriculture and Industries, Department of
Garrett Coliseum's future brighter as Agriculture Center Redevelopment
MONTGOMERY, Alabama . . . Garrett Coliseum, for 60 years a venue for major attractions coming to the local area, will remain open for business, thanks to an agreement reached today.
"This fine lady has been a good friend to the people of Alabama, hosting the fair, rodeos, concerts and even Elvis Presley, since 1951," said Commissioner John McMillan of the Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries. "Today, we have taken steps to see that she will remain in good working order and may even receive a face lift and other help in the near term."
"A number of options to revive the coliseum are now being discussed. In the interim, the Alabama National Fair has graciously agreed to operate the coliseum," McMillan added.
The State Agriculture Commissioner chairs the Agriculture Center Redevelopment Board, created by legislation passed earlier this year. The new legislation expanded the Agriculture Center Board to include the Governor, State Finance Director, Commissioner of Agriculture, Mayor of Montgomery, President of the Montgomery City Council, County Commission Chair plus four others who currently sit on the Agriculture Center Board.
"The legislation brought together all stakeholders necessary for Garrett Coliseum to be successful. All who have a vested interest in the coliseum are involved and committed to its success," said McMillan
McMillan thanks State Rep. Joe Hubbard and State Sen. Dick Brewbaker, both of Montgomery, for sponsoring legislation to create the redevelopment corporation which has the authority to move forward with an action to ensure the viability of Garrett Coliseum.
Every effort is being made to accommodate the schedule of previously scheduled events, including the fair, which will be held in October, according to McMillan.
"I want to thank Governor Robert Bentley and Finance Director David Perry for providing funds when we needed them. Thank you, Mayor Todd Strange, City Council President Charles Jinwright, and County Commission Chairman Elton Dean for being a driving force in reaching this agreement. Also, I want to express my appreciation to the Alabama National Fair Board and Kiwanis Club of Montgomery for stepping up and taking on a major responsibility at this important time," McMillan said.
Earlier this year, Governor Bentley appointed McMillan and four others to the Agriculture Center Board, including: Baldwin County farmer Becky Vasko, Limestone County Probate Judge Stan McDonald, Birmingham attorney Julian Smith, and Dr. Billy Powell of the Alabama Cattlemen's Association.
Facts about Garrett Coliseum: Opened in 1951…31,000 square feet…13,500 seating capacity…20-acre paved parking lot…livestock barn…W.O. Crawford covered outdoor arena…Ed Teague outdoor arena …swine barn …dairy barn …exhibit building.
August 19, 2011
Livestock Groups Applaud Coliseum Agreement
Following a press conference hosted by Alabama Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan and attended by Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange, leaders of the Alabama Cattlemen's Association and the Southeastern Livestock Exposition are optimistic about the future of the Garrett Coliseum.
August 18, 2011
Garrett Coliseum makeover could include second arena
Those attending the Alabama National Fair may have noticed the painting and landscaping improvements that the Kiwanis Club of Montgomery did at Garrett Coliseum. But if the aging multiuse facility on Federal Drive is to be saved,it will have to have upwards of $10-million more in improvements and may even have an entirely new structure built next to it.
June 2, 2011
Legislature passes bill to help Garrett Coliseum
The Alabama Legislature passed a bill on Thursday that supporters believe is the last hope to create a partnership to renovate and save the Garrett Coliseum.