TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — The Tippecanoe County Fairgrounds construction project is almost in its final phase.
This $20 million project is set to become one of the biggest event centers in Indiana.
“Hopefully they're like a lot of people are saying wow, I'm hoping that's the biggest thing, people are just going wow,” said County Commissioner David Byers.
If you've driven down Teal Road, you can't miss the major construction happening on the fairgrounds. Byers said it's bringing amenities that he's hoping everyone can enjoy.
“We always talk about the quality of life, we talk about a community that's continuously growing,” said Byers. “We could have two, three different things going on the same weekend here with the facilities we have.”
This project includes building two new facilities. One will become the new coliseum, the other will be a building for additional rentable space. One important thing is holding on to the history of the former facility by making the entrance a history gallery.
“We're going to be taking a lot of the old wood that we can out of the old buildings realign that, so that's going to be kind of the 'history place' of the fairgrounds,” said Byers.
Both facilities will include heating and cooling systems, wi-fi, and the coliseum will include technology necessary for large concerts. These are features the former coliseum and surrounding facilities did not have.
“It's lived its life, and unfortunately, you know, the bleachers, we had people stepping through the bleachers, you could see the wood where it's starting to rot, you can see where the electricity wasn't up to code,” said Byers.
This project is set for completion by Jul. 1, 2021. So what does this mean for this year's fair?
“It's a work zone, so it's not going to be the best friendly place this year, we don't want to tell anybody not to come but we're just making sure everybody has a heads up about it,” said Byers.
This construction project is also set to provide more than 1,000 parking spaces. Commissioner Dave Byers said the county will be hosting a soft opening in late April, where the public can take a tour. The event does not have a set date yet.