BancorpSouth Arena spends more on renovation

By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – The BancorpSouth Arena’s facelift is going a little deeper than planned.
The arena is undergoing a $1.8 million project to repair, replace and paint the EIFS, or exterior insulation finishing system, that covers the building, as well as freshen up the building’s interior.
The 20-year-old building has more water damage than expected, including a few rusted columns and metal studs, so more work must be done. The extra work totals $91,130 and will add 34 days to the completion date, which has now been revised to Sept. 19.
Work on the west side of the building is complete, and work is being done on the east side.
There is enough money in the arena’s capital fund to cover the extra work, said director Todd Hunt at Monday’s Coliseum Commission meeting.
The arena also discussed catering options for its conference center, as its contract with Southern Twists is up in mid-July. All decisions were tabled until next month’s meeting.
The arena will celebrate its 20th anniversary this fall, with a special 20th anniversary concert season planned. So far, two concerts for this season have been announced: Backstreet Boys on Aug. 28 and John Fogerty on Oct. 22.
The arena’s year won’t end until a few more months, but already more than 233,000 people have been in the building and the conference center. The arena has seen more than 200,000 people in attendance every year since its 2007-2008 year.
sheena.barnett@journalinc.com