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What do organizers want at the possible new arena?

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Since Mayor Jamie Mayo's announcement Thursday, many are discussing the latest study about a new arena in Monroe.

The cost and location are of top concern, but event organizers are looking for certain upgrades if a new arena is built.

This weekend, the arena will have a rodeo and a Frank Foster concert. Right now, the current arena will seat 7,600 people  

Stephen Grubbs, who is in charge of the event, said this venue may be getting a little small for the Louisiana musician.

"I've talked to some larger artists that are kind of a little bit more well-known and the price to get them in here is not enough seating to support right now," Grubbs.  

Grubbs Rodeo Adventures has been in business for 20 years. He said the Civic Center is a good venue, but is in need of some upgrades like better technology to support light shows and sound systems, parking and infrastructure, and access to the arena while setting up.

"Right now, when you have one venue going out on a Friday night and the Saturday night venue coming in, there is really no room for us to start because it is kind of small and tight and the parking and all," Grubbs said.

In the plans for a new arena, some amenities being considered are a VIP lounge and restaurant, corporate suites, retail space and parking garages.

There's also talk of a hotel adjacent to the arena.

"Everything we found was booked. We were able to find rooms, but it was only a few rooms in each motel. We kind of had to split it up and stay in two different venues," Grubbs said.  

For now, Grubbs and his crew say they will work with what they have, but they are excited at the possibilities of a show with a few thousand more seats.

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