Coast Coliseum Plans Big New Hotel

Reported by: Alyssa Meisner
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Updated: 3/11/2014 7:49 pm
The Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center is making big plans. The Coliseum is planning to turn an extra parking lot into an upscale hotel for out of town guests who come to the Coliseum for events. To make up for the parking loss, the Coliseum purchased the Oakwood Drive neighborhood to build a new lot. To pay for the new lot, the Coliseum is asking the Harrison County Board of Supervisors to take $1 million out of its $7 million trust fund. Coliseum directors say the investment will be worth it. Bill Holmes, the Executive Director of the Coliseum, says, “The casinos are doing a fantastic job, so well that there's no room available in the casinos on Fridays and Saturdays, but we need to fill Sundays through Thursdays. If we had a headquarters hotel, we'll be able to do that. There's a lot of people that want to come here. There's a lot of beautiful things to see and do on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. It's trying to find a place to stay on Friday and Saturday to meet and trade and network in the Convention Center.” The Coliseum has already taken over $2 million from its operating budget to buy the property, Oakwood Drive, and doesn't want to deplete its reserves anymore. Also in the master plan, the Coliseum hopes to work with M.D.O.T. and the City of Biloxi to extend Popps Ferry Road to Highway 90. This would help with traffic and ease of access to the Coliseum, especially with a new hotel.

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