Indiana’s Coliseum is Open for New Memories

The Indiana State Fair has deemed this year as the “Year of the Coliseum.” Due to needing updates, the Pepsi Coliseum closed in October 2012. After 18 months of renovations, the Coliseum reopened yesterday. The public was invited to come out to the free grand opening and cutting of the ribbon.

There has been a lot of excitement over the new coliseum, and I think that’s because of the personal tie many people have to the historic building. Whether it was taking the first step onto the freshly dragged dirt or walking in the ring for the Grand Drive at the State Fair, many youth and their families have meaningful memories from under that roof.

For me, the Coliseum takes me back to when I was thirteen. One of my best memories in that infamous ring was when my horse and I took our first steps in there together. I had butterflies like crazy as I entered that huge arena, but I remember being so proud of the two of us working as a team when we walked out with a ribbon.

He might be an old man now, but some of my favorite memories of the Coliseum are shared with my horse, Zip:

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It may be renovated, but I have no doubt that the Coliseum will forever be a historic Indiana landmark and place of lifelong memories for Hoosiers.

History

*The Pepsi Coliseum first opened in 1939 as part of President Roosevelt’s New Deal.
*The only Beetle’s concert ever held in Indiana was at the Coliseum in 1964
*From 1967-1974 the Coliseum was home to the Indiana Pacers, and during that period the team won three American Basketball Association Championships.
*Past presidents have given speeches in the Coliseum, including John F. Kennedy in 1959 and George W. Bush in 2003.

What’s New
*From October 2012 to April 2014 the Coliseum went through a $63 million renovation.
*The new minor league hockey team, Indy Fuel, will have a brand new locker room.
*An LED video scoreboard will hang overhead.
*New seating will accommodate 8,200 people, which is 200 more than before
*A new concourse bar allows you to enjoy a drink and food while still watching what’s going on in the arena.
* Outside brick and limestone and the metal superstructure are still being used.
*One section will hold original seats from 1939.

To see pictures of the Coliseum undergoing renovation, click here.

Spring Fest at Purdue

There might be a few flurries in the air, but Spring really has sprung. And one popular event at Purdue this time of year is Spring Fest. This annual event, which took place this past weekend, is a time for children, parents, students, and people from the community to visit the university and learn something new through fun, hands-on activities.

Set up around campus were displays, contests, and demonstrations. A few of the events include a cricket spitting contest, equine treadmill demonstrations, and sheep shearing. Not only is it a great experience for the kids (or adults), but Spring Fest is also a chance for Purdue students to share knowledge that they are passionate about. If you missed this great event, or are already looking forward to the next one, the next Spring Fest will be held April 18-19, 2015.

Because I couldn’t be there, I relied on Twitter to see everything that was going on. Here are some of my favorite Tweets from the event:

Check out additional photos from Spring Fest here.

 

 

Wrapping up imAGine Purdue

If you’ve been reading my previous posts, you know that this week was Ag Week at Purdue. Unfortunately, I was away at a conference in Florida and didn’t get to enjoy the full experience of Ag Week. However, being away opened my eyes to the success of the week and the increase in the online conversation.

Being a transfer student, last year was my first time to be a part of Purdue Ag Week. As a first timer, I thought it was great that the College of Ag option clubs were taking activities to the north side of campus and trying to share their stories with non-agricultural students. But this year, I was able to “watch” Purdue Ag Week in a whole new light. Multiple states away, I was able to stay in tough with what was going on on campus. I stayed up-to-date with the day’s agenda, and was able to see feedback and pictures for each day’s activities.

Being an “outsider” I was amazed at how close I felt to Ag Week. Through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram I was able to see what was going on at campus and how students were reacting to it. I was able to stay up-to-date with the day’s activities and see feedback and pictures with each day’s activities.

As a Boilermaker, I couldn’t be more proud. What do you think of the online conversation about Purdue Ag Week? Did it have an impact? Check out the conversation with #imAGinePurdue.