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Long-range plans to upgrade Ardmore landmark

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Ardmore's Hardy Murphy Coliseum opened in 1937. (KTEN) Ardmore's Hardy Murphy Coliseum opened in 1937. (KTEN)

ARDMORE, Okla. -- It is an Ardmore landmark.

"The Hardy Murphy Coliseum is really an iconic part of the Southern Oklahoma culture for more than three-quarters of a century," said Jeffery Storms, the venue's general manager.

Over the last decade, renovations and repairs have been made so the arena can host more events. Some of those improvements include new show offices and renovating the two back arenas.

Now, there's a master plan aimed at taking the coliseum into the future.

"We have a whole list of stuff to do," Storms said. "The first phase of our renovations is to focus on the coliseum itself."

The work will definitely change how the inside looks -- updating the roof, seating, and wings along the sides of the arena.

After that phase, three other upgrades will focus on a variety of issues around the complex, including damage to stall barns and the parking lots.

Once the master plan is complete, Storms expects an increase in the number of shows.  He credits local businesses for helping to make this all possible.

"We always just appreciate the support from the local community," Storms said.

The plan to renovate Hardy Murphy Coliseum could take as long as six years to complete.

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