The Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center received another green light Tuesday. The Biloxi City Council voted to hand over Oakwood Drive to the Coliseum as part of an expansion project. The Coliseum currently uses a satellite parking lot when they have big events, but a new hotel will soon be built on that site. To replace the parking space that will be lost, the Coliseum bought all the houses in the Oakwood Drive community and plans to build a new 350 car lot there. The only problem left was the city owned road that ran through the middle of the community.
Now that the council has voted to give the Coliseum Oakwood Drive, the construction can begin. Bill Holmes, the Executive Director of the Coliseum, says, “The parking lot will start on May the 1st and it will probably take us about five months to completely do and have it ready to go. We're hoping to have it up and ready for Cruisin' because Cruisin' puts a lot of stress on the parking facilities, so we'll be able to park another 350 cars.” The Coliseum has been cleared to tap into their trust fund to pay for the parking lot. Construction should be completed by the end of September.