Fans say Coliseum could use some work

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Thousands of people flocked to the Coliseum for Friday night's CAA tournament. And while the event still drew a large crowd, basketball fans couldn't help but notice the arena needed a facelift.

"Maybe some better seats. If they could put better seats in, a little uncomfortable at times," said Paul Thompson.

"I think it's a little dated," Marshall Schutt.

"It doesn't hold enough seats, enough people so we lose out on events that have been hosted in Richmond before," said Brian Humphries.

Recently talks of building a new Coliseum have made headlines. Mayor Jones has been quite vocal about the city's need for a newer more up to date venue.

"It's outlived its usefulness. If we're going to move forward, we're going to have to bite the bullet," said Jones.

While people attending Friday night's event noticed the need for improvement we found that when it came to building a new Coliseum, Richmonders were split right down the middle.

"I'm not sure if we need it or not. I'm not sure how much the city of Richmond would use it. I'm not sure if the tax dollars would be worth it," Thompson said. "If building the facility somewhere else, making it more easily accessible brings more revenue and has a positive economic impact I think that's a good thing."

And since there are no plans to build a new Coliseum just yet these fans are just happy to have a place to kick back and enjoy the game. The biggest challenge to building a new Coliseum is the $147 million price tag. The city doesn't have the money to pay for it and likely won't until the economy improves. So it could be a while before we see a new facility. 

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