New information about the Pepsi Coliseum renovation was released Wednesday.
State Fair officials announced that a second arena is planned as a part of the $63 million renovation.
While the outside of the Coliseum will remain largely unchanged, the inside will be completely demolished. Once rebuilt, it will include a new sound system, a video scoreboard, double-tiered seating and a bleacher section that can seat an additional 1,000 people.
The renovation marks the biggest project in the fairground's history.
“It’ll be modern, it'll be up to date, with great lighting, a new video scoreboard and just some modern amenities that people expect when they do to some kind of a sporting event or show,” said Andy Klotz, Indiana State Fair Spokesman.
Kansas City-based Populus is responsible for the project. They are the same company which oversaw construction of Lucas Oil Stadium and the JW Marriott downtown.
Construction starts in October and should wrap up in time for 2014’s state fair.