Coalition hopes Roundhouse Revival can save Mid-South Coliseum

Published: May. 22, 2015 at 12:24 AM CDT
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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - It's a beloved icon or eyesore depending on who's talking. Past its prime, or poised for the right opportunity to become relevant, again.

No matter which side of the Mid-South Coliseum divide you're standing on, most would agree, the now mothballed arena is an intricate part of the Bluff City's music and wrestling history.

Now, at least one group wants to make sure the Coliseum remains a part of the city's future.

"When you see a space up close, you can better imagine what it can become," said Coliseum Coalition spokesperson, Marvin Stockwell.

To help everyone use their imaginations, Coliseum Coalition is hosting Roundhouse Revival to celebrate Mid-South Coliseum over the Memorial Day weekend.

Saturday, some of the biggest names in Memphis wrestling will come together to try and save the Mid-South Coliseum.

Jerry "The King" Lawler and Bill "Superstar" Dundee will take on the Coliseum Crushers in the main event.

Lawler talked to WMC Action News about what was going to happen in the match.

"Myself and Bill "Superstar" Dundee are going against two clowns that call themselves the Coliseum Crushers. You can't beat that."

Lawler and Dundee came into wrestling prominence while performing at the Coliseum.

No Coliseum event would be complete without music.

"Blues, pop, country, and gospel music came together in Memphis to make rock and roll," said Coliseum Coalition President, Mike McCarthy. "Now let's come together and celebrate all the musical styles that make Memphis so authentic, so real, and known all over the world, and let's do it at the one and only Mid-South Coliseum."

Some of the greatest bands of all time have performed at the Coliseum, including the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and Jimi Hendrix.

The Roundhouse Revival will feature great music including Dr. Allen Todd and the New Olivet Sanctuary Choir.

The Coalition is not the only group that has ideas about what should happen to the Coliseum.

City of Memphis planners, floated the idea of turning the area into a tourism and development zone to pave the way for a massive sports complex that could attract tournament play.

The plan would level the Coliseum.

Both the City and Coalition seemed firmly entrenched in their visions, but there appears to be a softening of the ground, with at least a cordial dialogue.

The Coalition hopes to get permission from the City to have limited tours inside the building.

The Roundhouse Revival to celebrate the Mid-South Coliseum happens Saturday May, 23 outside the Coliseum, at 996 Early Maxwell Boulevard from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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