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More security fencing coming to the Memorial Coliseum

Fencing was installed around parts of the Memorial Coliseum earlier this year; now more is on the way. (News-Sentinel.com photo by Kevin Leininger)
Randy Brown

The Memorial Coliseum is being surrounded.

A $200,000 project that will install 4,000 feet of decorative fencing around the complex is set to enter its second phase soon, according to General Manager Randy Brown.

As The News-Sentinel first reported last year, the 6-foot steel fencing is intended to improve security around the complex and was suggested by the federal government and the National Basketball Association, which operates the NBA G League in which the Mad Ants play.

The County Commissioners last December awarded a $103,400 contract to R&C Fencing of Fort Wayne for the first phase, and bids for a smaller second phase will be accepted until Dec. 10. Depending on the bids, Brown said, the project could be completed in the second phase or may require a third.

Last year’s work installed fencing along Coliseum Boulevard and Parnell Avenue. The next phase will extend the fence around loading areas and specialty parking areas. The fence will not impede the general public’s access to main entrances. When complete, the fence will enclose about 80 percent of the original arena, including the outdoor Veterans Plaza.

Work could begin late this year or in early 2020.

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