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The Macon Coliseum

Fri Jun 02, 2006 2:04 am

Well, as many of you know that Elvis performed here 5 times. Two times in 72, one time in 75, one time in 76 and one time in 77. Well, on my forum I was talking about The Macon Coliseum and the way it looks different from then to now. Well, today I took a trip to Macon and since I was in the area I took pictures for you all to see the place.

This is how it look in Elvis' days.
[IMG]http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h134/ElvisBootlegs/ga_coliseum_macon.jpg[/IMG]
I know small picture but this is the only picture I found of this place during Elvis' days.

Well, here is a aerial shot of the Macon Coliseum.
[IMG]http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h134/ElvisBootlegs/MaconColiseum.jpg[/IMG]
The building with the greenish top is the coliseum and the part that hooks on to it is the Centerplex which was added in the 90s.

Here is pictures I took Wednesday. I live about 15 miles or so from Macon so me lucky.
[IMG]http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h134/ElvisBootlegs/MVC-001S.jpg[/IMG]
Same view but a little different angle.
[IMG]http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h134/ElvisBootlegs/MVC-002S.jpg[/IMG]
Here is the sign of the Macon Coliseum with a small part of the Centerplex in the picture.
[IMG]http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h134/ElvisBootlegs/MVC-003S.jpg[/IMG]
Different angle but you can see Centerplex and Coliseum.
[IMG]http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h134/ElvisBootlegs/MVC-004S.jpg[/IMG]
Same angle.
[IMG]http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h134/ElvisBootlegs/MVC-005S.jpg[/IMG]
Another view of the sign.
[IMG]http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b378/elvislennon2006/MVC-006S.jpg[/IMG]
Here is close up of part of the Centerplex.
[IMG]http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b378/elvislennon2006/MVC-007S.jpg[/IMG]
This is the Coliseum itself. View from the west. You can't really tell but they added a new front to it. This front was added when the centerplex was added. You can see part of the new front that is in the picture.
[IMG]http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b378/elvislennon2006/MVC-008S.jpg[/IMG]

Well, What do you think of the pictures? Well, that is not all. Well, the place was close and I wanted all to see. The next series of pictures I didn't take. It was on their site which I didn't know they had one.
A better aerial shot.
[IMG]http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h134/ElvisBootlegs/AerialView.jpg[/IMG]

Inside the Coliseum. Basketball is mostly played here now but we do get visits from the WWE, Elton John, Billy Joel and others from time to time.
[IMG]http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h134/ElvisBootlegs/Coliseum.jpg[/IMG]

This is views of The Macon Coliseum including a view of the Auditorum which Elvis also performed at but he performed here in the 50s. Now you might says their is no evidence that he performed here in the 50s. Yes, Their is. Their is photos from that show in the auditorum. Auditorum is in about a mile away or so from the Coliseum. Also in this gif file is the new front of the Coliseum which looks alot different since Elvis' days.
[IMG]http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h134/ElvisBootlegs/ColandAud.gif[/IMG]

Here is little info I found.
Built in 1968 and renovated in 1996, it was the first facility of its size and type in the state and has housed full-house crowds for greats such as Elvis, The Jacksons, Billy Joel and Reba McEntire!
Last edited by elvislennon on Fri Jun 02, 2006 4:22 pm, edited 1 time in total.

Fri Jun 02, 2006 2:08 am

I just returned from the USA and took pictures from several auditoriums which are still the same as in the 70s when Elvis performed there.

I got a few pictures of:
The Savannah Civic Center, Savannah, Georgia
The Mobile Civic Center, Mobile, Alabama
The Rapides Parish Coliseum, Alexandria, Louisiana
The Asheville Civic Cetner, Asheville, North Carolina
The Middle Tennesse State University Sports Hall, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

If someone would help me to find a place to upload this pictures I would be happy to share them.

Fri Jun 02, 2006 3:46 am

http://www.photobucket.com can do it. sign up for free and start uploading. :D

How come you did stop by Macon to see the Macon Coliseum. All you had to do is go west on I-16 and Macon Coliseum is on Exit 2. It is right by the interstate. I knew that the Civic Center in Savannah is still up and has the same name. Macon Coliseum is still the same they just added on to it. This is the exact building that Elvis performed in. Nothing has change to it they just have redone it. They didn't destory the building and rebuilded it.


I have been using Google Earth to try to find several places that is still up that Elvis performed in.

1. The Civic Center - Pittsburgh, PA.
[IMG]http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b378/elvislennon2006/CivicCenterPittsburgh.jpg[/IMG]

2. The Macon Coliseum - Macon, GA
[IMG]http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h134/ElvisBootlegs/MaconColiseum.jpg[/IMG]

3. Madison Square Garden - New York City
[IMG]http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b378/elvislennon2006/MSG.jpg[/IMG]

4. Henry Levitt Arena (Now known as Koch Arena) - Wichita, KS
[IMG]http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b378/elvislennon2006/KochArena.jpg[/IMG]

5. Houston Astrodome - Houston, TX
[IMG]http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b378/elvislennon2006/HoustonAstrodome.jpg[/IMG]

6. Jefferson Civic Center Coliseum - Birmingham, AL
[IMG]http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b378/elvislennon2006/BirminghamCivic.jpg[/IMG]

7. The H.I.C. Arena (Now Known as Neil Blaisdell Center) - Honolulu, HI
[IMG]http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b378/elvislennon2006/HIC.jpg[/IMG]

This is all I have done for far. I am going to look for the ones that you visited and see if I can find them. I try the Civic Center but it takes me to another place. I am going to try to find the other places now.

Sat Jun 03, 2006 5:56 pm

Still there, still the same.....

The Hampton Coliseum, Hampton VA
Norfolk Scope, Norfolk VA
Richmond Coliseum. Richmond, VA

Sun Jun 04, 2006 5:18 am

Hampton Coliseum is still up. That place is old. It is one of the oldest that Elvis played during the 70s beside the Astrodome and the other stadiums.

Mon Jun 05, 2006 2:15 pm

Most Elvis concert venues are still intact..
But many venues use different, sponsored names nowadays..
The internet is a nice tool to get information about this..

Few dozen are also demolished..
The most spectacular are the implosions of Market Square Arena and The Largo Capital Center..

Tue Jun 06, 2006 2:45 am

Robert wrote:and The Largo Capital Center..

That's a shame. "Beltway To Largo" was probably the most underrated Elvis show EVER.