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Fairgrounds Coliseum tours this Saturday

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INDIANAPOLIS -

Before Banker's Life Fieldhouse, before Market Square Arena, there was the Pepsi Coliseum.

From the Beatles to the ABA Indiana Pacers, the Coliseum was home to some of Indiana's most memorable moments. But tonight, all that comes to an end.

The Coliseum is set up for the FFA rodeo, which will be the last event in the current configuration of the building, which has been around since the late 1930's. And there is a lot of history - a lot of memories - that go with it.

Some of you may remember when the Beatles took the stage here. Others can't forget the tragedy when an explosion at a concession stand killed 74 people back in the 60's.

But as rich in history as the coliseum is, there are a lot of updates it needs to be ADA accessible, plus safety upgrades. So a $63-million renovation is planned and will take two years to complete.  

The FFA will help officially "turn out the lights" tonight in a ceremony with other state dignitaries.

Saturday, an open house will give people a last chance to tour the building before the renovation begins. 

Tours begin at 10 a.m. but end at noon.

The open house offers anyone interested a chance to visit the Pepsi Coliseum one last time.  There will be keepsake items available for sale in addition to the tours.

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